God told Alabama college student Rodney Smith to give back to the community, so he did – all across the country.
“One day, I saw an elderly gentleman trying to mow his lawn and he was struggling,” Smith said. “He came to me that I should do something about it. And that’s when it came to me to cut the lawns for the elderly, disabled, and single-parent mothers.”
In 2015, Smith started a mowing service called Raising Men Lawn Care Service. He hoped to mow lawns in all 50 states for those who might not be able to, including veterans, single moms, the elderly and the disabled.
Using his own car to get around the country, Smith knew he would have to fly to Alaska and Hawaii in order to accomplish his goal. Thankfully, Delta came to the rescue. According to WCNC, Delta offered to fly Smith to both states free of charge.
“Glad to have you aboard!” Delta tweeted once Smith was on the plane. “A one-of-a-kind person like yourself deserves the first-class treatment. We’re honored to help you complete the 50-state journey and thank you for recognizing our veterans in this incredible way.”
Glad to have you aboard! A one-of-a-kind person like yourself deserves the first class treatment. We’re honored to help you complete the 50-state journey and thank you for recognizing our veterans in this incredible way.— Delta (@Delta) June 10, 2019
Raising Men Lawn Care encourages young men and women to give back to their community. The 50 Yard Challenge is a worldwide push for kids to cut 50 lawns for free, according to CBN. Those who accept the challenge can send a photo holding a sign that reads “I accept the 50 Yard Challenge.” Over 270 kids have joined the challenge in the US.
“Raising Men Lawn Care Service is the union of an ordinary yard maintenance service and the commitment to establish an inspiring program to keep our youth (girls & boys) on a positive path while learning and understanding their value in society,” the website reads.
The lawn service also mentors young men to give back. Smith said many of the boys hate the work initially, but by their fifth lawn, they start wanting more.
“[My intial] goal was to reach 40 lawns, but I reached 40 lawns in a month and a half. Two months later, I got to 200,” he said. “I just want boys to follow me and do better than me and to give back.”
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine. She blogs at mikaelamathews.com.