Apart from ensuring that those in need benefitted from the service, the man wanted to teach children the importance of giving back.
When it comes to building a child's character, setting an example to follow is as important as enforcing 'good' behavior. Rodney Smith Jr, who had spent the last six years mowing people’s lawns for free has sparked a trend inspiring kids around the world to do the same, reported Newsner.
This afternoon I had the pleasure of mowing Mr.Mims lawn for him . It’s always great seeing him ! He served during the Korean war. Thank you for your service ! Making a difference one lawn at a time . pic.twitter.com/pZgE9rzT4E— Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) June 7, 2021
According to Epoch Times, Rodney Smith was 15 years old when he came across an elderly man struggling to mow his lawn and stopped to help. Since then, the good samaritan from Alabama has been mowing the lawns of the elderly, single moms, disabled, and veterans for free. “That night, I just decided I’ll start mowing lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parents, and veterans for free. And eventually, that one small act of kindness changed my life forever. At first, my goal was to mow 40 lawns by the end of winter, but I mowed 40 lawns so quick that I upped my goal to 100," he told the outlet.
This morning I had the pleasure of mowing Ms. Tucker’s lawn for her . She was inside resting at the time I came to mow . Making a difference one lawn at a time . pic.twitter.com/RYl2bvUu1u— Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) June 7, 2021
Rodney then came up with the idea of inspiring others so he set up an organization called Raising Men Lawn Care Service. He inspired 1,500 kids from around the world to take up the “50 Yard Challenge,” where kids are asked to mow 50 lawns free of charge for those in need. Apart from ensuring that their community benefitted from the challenge, Rodney wanted to teach the children the importance of giving back. He offers incentives along the way with different colored t-shirts for every 10, 20, 30, and 40 lawns they mow and then a brand new mower for those that make it to 50 which he personally delivers for those living in the U.S., reported Newsner.
Family, Please help me welcome Kiarrah ,Odessa, Kairi & Kendrick from Mansfield,OH, Luke from Maineville,OH , Maggie from Chattanooga,TN, Payton from Cedartown,GA and Will, Jack & Ty from Greenville,OH . They have accepted our 50 yard challenge . pic.twitter.com/2Uet6CzJIl— Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) June 6, 2021
Rodney's organization was set up in 2015 when he was still a student at the Alabama A&M University. The organization’s motto is “Making a difference one lawn at a time.” Rodney explained that there was an even greater need for his services during the pandemic within his local community. He even set up a “mow and drop” service where he delivered much-needed supplies to those who couldn’t get out during the pandemic. He explained that the service has also helped the kids who are taking part to get some fresh air and see other people. “I remember one parent in Michigan. She told me her son was isolated and he kept to himself. But when he started taking the 50 Yard Challenge, he started becoming friendly with everyone," Rodney said, according to Newsner.