Man mowing lawns for free to those in need in all 50 states
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) — A man on a nationwide mission to show people he cares by providing free lawn care made a stop in Rhode Island Friday.
Rodney Smith Jr. founded a nonprofit organization called Raising Men Lawn Care Service in Alabama.
"There's many ways to make a difference. I simply have chosen a lawn mower to make a difference with and I hope to inspire others. Raising Men Lawn Care Service started in 2016. We have a good bit of young ladies that are taking part in it as well," said Smith.
Smith is currently traveling the country to help people in need.
"What I'm doing now is something called 50 Lawns, 50 States. I'm traveling to all 50 states mowing lawns for free for the elderly, disabled, single moms, and veterans," said Smith.
Smith also traveled to all 50 states to mow lawns for free in 2017.
As of Friday, Rhode Island is the 15th state he's made it to during his 2018 campaign.
Friday morning West Warwick resident, Richard Lucke, had his lawn mowed.
Lucke is a disable veteran.
"This is unbelievable how someone can come along like this. I just have a lack of words for the way I feel," said Lucke.
Lucke's family friend, Sara Stedman, has been following the volunteer efforts of Smith and reached out to his organization.
"There's so much negativity and hate in the world. This is so nice to see. It's comforting to know that there are nice, kind, people out there," said Stedman.
This year Smith is also attempting to get kids nationwide to take part in what he's calling The 50 Yard Challenge.
The initiative encourages boys and girls to cut 50 laws as well.
Those who mow 50 lawns will receive a brand new lawn mower from Raising Men Lawn Care Service.
"When I was younger I never liked to mow lawns. My dad would tell me to mow the lawn and I was like, no, I don't want to do it. But, God took something I disliked and turned it into something I love doing. I'm doing it every day and making a difference one lawn at a time," said Smith.
Smith also mowed another person's lawn in North Kingstown.
If all goes well he will have mowed a lawn in all 50 states by mid-July as part of his 2018 campaign.