CREDIT: Tweet from Rodney Smith, Jr.

CREDIT: Tweet from Rodney Smith, Jr.

 

If you haven’t met Rodney Smith, Jr. already, he’s a good man to know. A lot of people will know the 30-year-old man just from the words “50 States 50 Lawns,” because that was a challenge he made for himself, starting in the spring and summer of 2017, as CNN reported. He promised to mow a lawn in every state – for free – for someone in need: a veteran, a senior citizen, anybody needing a helping hand.
 
Like Ms. Durham…

Or Mr. Authur:

Then, in June 2019, my colleague Sister Toldjah reported that Rodney had just two states left — Alaska and Hawaii. And with the help of Delta Airlines providing him free flights, he crossed all fifty states off the list.

Now, Rodney also had another ambition: to get kids involved in volunteering their time to help others, too. As CNN explained:

This inspired him to start the Raising Men Lawn Care Service, a foundation that not only mows lawns for those in need but also works to inspire young men and women to make a difference.

“This is what I believe my purpose is in life,” he said.

Like he did for himself, he set a challenge for his young volunteers: to mow 50 lawns in their community. By June of 2018, the number of kids who reached that challenge was 12.

Now, in a new message to his Twitters fans, Smith Jr. has announced four more kids have recently completed the challenge…


And his car’s loaded up for a 10-hour roadtrip to deliver some special rewards to them this weekend!
He wrote:

I made a promise to every kid that completes the 50 yard challenge that I’ll deliver them a brand new mower, weed eater & blower. I’m making the 10 hour drive to Rockford & Roscoe ,IL then Genoa City,WI on Saturday .4 kids I total that completed the challenged . 3 in IL & 1 in WI

If you’re looking for a role model for the next generation, you could do a lot worse than this guy. What an inspiration!

What do you think of Rodney Smith Jr. and his mentoring? Leave your thoughts in the comments area below!

Becca Lower
Becca Lower is a writer with RedState and formerly worked at IJR.com as a writer and editor. She grew up outside Cincinnati, OH, in former Speaker John Boehner's district, and currently lives in Mesa, AZ.

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