Rodney Smith Jr. is the perfect example of what every person needs to be doing: stepping up and doing what we can. It’s easier said than done, of course. Everyone is busy and these days, we have even more going on than usual. The fact that it’s so hard for most of us to motivate ourselves to give back when we’re busy just making life work is all the more reason to look up to men like Smith. The Huntsville, Alabama native started Raising Men Lawn Care Service, an organization that set out to mow lawns for veterans in every state. Last summer, after many months of mowing lawns, he finally met his goal of hitting every state.
In every single state of our nation, Smith has served a veteran, from as far back as World War II veterans to veterans who have served in present day. Now that he’s met that goal, Smith is doing something closer to home. Now, he delivers free supplies and meals to single mothers, veterans, folks with disabilities, and the elderly. While this type of gesture is always a noble one, right now, many people are suffering more than usual because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. With so many people locked down and under quarantine, the need is greater than usual. Smith calls his initiative “Mow and Drop.”
When he mows a person’s lawn, he drops off free supplies and food to their front doors and many Alabama citizens have donated generously to the cause. Smith told Al.com that “People have been donating money for hand sanitizer, fresh fruit, water, toilet paper and other items for those who can’t get outside of their house.” Before he started his mission of going to all 50 states to mow lawns for veterans, his company was already doing some outstanding community work and providing much-needed community services via free lawn care to people who needed his help.
Smith is a humble man, though, and when asked why he does what he does, he said that it’s a mission from God. He wanted to do the 50 Yard Challenge, which is what he called mowing lawns in all 50 states, to inspire other young men to do the same. Together, everyone can make a difference. Watch the video below for more information.