Rodney Smith Jr. of Huntsville, Alabama, was driving home one day during the summer of 2015 and saw an elderly man struggling to cut his lawn. Rodney stopped to help and an idea was born.
Rodney began recruiting local youths to help, and his group of kid volunteers currently numbers over 60. They cut lawns for free for the elderly, disabled veterans, and single moms. The response has been overwhelming from both the youth who participate in the program, and those who receive the free lawn services. “The kids are so excited, they call and say ‘please save my spot this weekend,’ ” says Rodney. Donations have paid for gas, and the company, Briggs and Stratton, has contributed lawnmowers and weed eaters.
Rodney views his mission as being a mentor to young men and women, ages 7 to 17, and to encourage kids to get out there and give back to their community. Making a difference in one’s community can take a variety of forms, even if means simply mowing an elderly person’s lawn for free!
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