One man is traveling the country to show his appreciation for veterans by cutting their lawns for free.
As WAFF48 reports, Rodney Smith Jr. began Raising Men Lawn Care Service (RMLCS) in 2015.
Hello NV, I'll be here mowing FREE lawns for military veterans. I have Lawns here already. Looking for my next state, Salt Lake city, UT. If you know of a veteran whose lawn needs to be mowed Please let me know and I'll take care of it. Its FREE. Text me at 256-508-9440 . pic.twitter.com/9GxDOe5XIX
— Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) May 10, 2019
While a student at Alabama A&M University, Smith would mow the lawns for those who needed help. Smith has been spreading awareness about his care service over the last two years by mowing lawns in all 50 states.
“We mow grass for the elderly, disabled, single-parent mothers and veterans free of charge.”
In addition to honoring veterans, Smith’s program is designed to “keep our youth (girls & boys) on a positive path while learning and understanding their value in society.”
As a part of this, he is encouraging kids worldwide to participate in the “50 Yard Challenge.”
Family, Please help me welcome Leighlynn(10) from Ocala,FL to the family . She has stepped up & accepted the 50 Yard Challenge . Thank you for wanting to make a difference in your community. You are a Mow-Star!
— Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) May 27, 2019
The website states:
We challenge you to cut 50 lawns FREE for the elderly, disabled, single mothers, and the veterans in your town. If you accept this challenge, all you need to do is send us a photo of you holding a sign saying “I accept the 50 Yard Challenge”, and in return, we’ll send you your white RMLCS shirt along with shades & ear protection to get you started. For every 10 lawns cut, you will get a new color shirt.
Currently, Smith is completing his “Thank You For Your Service Tour,” which he began in early May in Huntsville, Alabama.
I'm traveling to all 50 States mowing FREE lawns for military veterans . Do you know any veterans in the following cities or cities near by them . If you do please go to the website in my bio & fill out the form . On the website you can find more ways you can help as well . pic.twitter.com/H8W711pWnx
— Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) May 9, 2019
Smith told WBAL11:
“I’ve come across so many veterans. They fear sometimes getting fined by their city because their grass is too high. That should be the least of their worries.”
Smith has been visiting Joe Gruzinsk and his family’s home for the last four years to mow their lawn. Gruzinski is a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1955.
Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. Thank you, Heroes . You will never be forgotten pic.twitter.com/bS8rzrr4AH
— Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) May 13, 2019
“Boy, what a wonderful guy he is that he’s willing to help the seniors. Unbeknownst to us, we came home, I was walking at the time, and he was cutting the lawn. And when he was finished, he came in and we had a discussion, and he says, ‘Do you mind if I come back here?’ I said, ‘Not at all.'”
According to the RMLCS website, Smith has mowed over 2,000 lawns.