This man traveled to all 50 U.S. states to cut lawns for free for veterans, the elderly, disabled people, single mothers, saying he hopes to “encourage others to get others to get out there and help out, especially the veterans.”

Rodney Smith Jr., 29, who lives in Huntsville, Alabama, finished off a nationwide tour of honoring veterans by helping them with yard work on Thursday, Jun 13, 2019.

Starting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mr. Smith drove through all 48 contiguous states in the US mowing lawns. Then Delta Airlines helped him reach Alaska and finally on to Hawaii, where he completed his mission.

Smith tweeted he was “making a difference one lawn at a time”.

He said he got the inspiration for the project almost five years ago. In 2015, he saw an elderly man trying to mow his lawn when he was driving home in Huntsville.

“It looked like he was struggling, so I pulled over and helped him,” Smith said. “That’s when I got my goal to mow lawns for free for the elderly, single moms and veterans.”

Mr. Smith also leads the 50 Yard Challenge – a call for young people to help those who might struggle with their yard work on their own by mowing 50 lawns in their area.

“We have boys and girls taking part in the program,” he said. “We are trying to encourage boys and girls to get out there and make a difference, one lawn at a time.”

“Currently, we have about 400 kids nationwide that are taking part in the 50 Yard Challenge,” he said.

After traveling all 50 states to promote his work in 2017 and in 2018, this is the first time he is doing it to raise awareness for veterans.

“I’ve come across so many veterans that are struggling to get their lawn mowed,” he said. “If they served for our country, we should step up for them.”

“This is the least we can do,” he added. “This is the last thing they need to worry about.”

He said people sponsor his hotel rooms and donate money to the organization to make his travels possible.

Smith said he’s finally found his purpose: “My true purpose in life is helping people”. He estimates that since 2015 he’s mowed at least 2,500 lawns.

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