Rodney Smith, JR is from Bermuda but now lives in Huntsville, Alabama. One day he came across an elderly gentleman having difficulty mowing his lawn. He decided to pull over and help.
Ever since that moment, he was mowing lawns for free. He started the Raising Men Lawn Care Service. A foundation to mows lawns for those in need, and also to help young people understand the power of making a difference.
Beginning in 2017, Smith started what he called “50 States 50 Lawns.” He travels to all 50 states to mow the lawns of military veterans as his way of thanking them for their service. After he mows their lawns he gives them a shirt and a thank you letter.
In 2017, Smith decided to try something new — travel across the country to mow lawns for people in need. In May of 2017, he began his first trip to mow lawns in all 50 states, which he called “50 States 50 Lawns.”
“I am doing this tour because I want our veterans to know they are appreciated. We need to give veterans who have honorably served this country ‘their flowers while they are alive.’ With each passing day, we are losing 372 veterans from the ‘greatest generation.’ Some have left this earth having never heard a heartfelt ‘thank you for your service.’ America is the great country it is today because of them,” he states on his website.