50 Lawns In 50 States Mission Inspires Young People To Help Out Their Neighbors
You may have heard about Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama, and his mission to mow lawns for people in need of help in all 50 states in the US. Well, here's an awesome update: he completed his goal, for the second year in a row!
This summer, Rodney kicked off his lawn-mowing mission in Milwaukee in mid-May and just recently wrapped up his final state visit in Hawaii.
"I traveled to all 50 states (driving to 48 and flying to Alaska & Hawaii)," reads Rodney's website description of the project, "mowing lawns free for the elderly, disabled, single moms, and veterans."
Another thing you might not have known about Rodney's efforts is that he has turned the 50 lawns in 50 states project into an organization called Raising Men Lawn Care Service, and he's calling on other young people to pledge to mow 50 lawns for people in need.
"RMLS provides free lawn care to our elders, those who are disabled, single mothers and our veterans, who do not have the time, resources and/or money to manicure their yards," says the organization's website.
To date, 150 kids have joined RMLS, and together they have serviced about 2,000 lawns.
We love how Rodney's project has turned into something that helps not only the folks whose lawns get manicured, but also the young people doing the yard work themselves. RMLS seeks to "establish an inspiring program to keep our youth (girls & boys) on a positive path while learning and understanding their value in society," and we see that happening already!