This young man started mowing lawns for his elderly neighbours and something beautiful grew

Do you remember the days when neighbours used to be like family? You could pop next door and have a chat,
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Rodney helping an elderly neighbour mow the lawn. Photo credit: Facebook (Raising Men Lawn Care Service).

Do you remember the days when neighbours used to be like family? You could pop next door and have a chat, borrow sugar and even count on them for emergencies. Many people feel that things are different now, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost in today’s world.

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Rodney (left) helps elderly people in his community to mow their lawn for free. Photo credit: Facebook (Raising Men Lawn Care Service).

This is Rodney Smith Jr. and he is setting an example not only to his peers but also to his entire community.

While most college kids prefer to hang out with friends or work part time between classes, Rodney who studies at the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University chooses to mow the lawn for the elderly – for free.

“One day, I saw an elderly man cutting grass and he looked like he was struggling,” said Rodney.

“So it came to me, I should do something about it.

“And that’s when I decided to cut lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parent mothers for free.

“I’m capable of cutting grass because I’m young. I’m able. A lot of elderly people are not able,” he said.

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Rodney teaches a volunteer how to mow the lawn. When volunteers start, they get a white T-shirt like this. Photo credit: Facebook (Raising Men Lawn Care Service).

What started as a random act of kindness has transformed into a meaningful movement. Rodney went on to establish the Raising Men Lawn Care Service where volunteers join his in mowing lawns for free. When volunteers mow their first lawn, they’re given the white shirt and by the time they reach 50 lawns, they get the coveted black tee.

Well done, Rodney! Watch his inspiring story…

Do you miss those times when neighbours used to be more than people who live next door? Do you wish we had something like this here?

  1. Jenni  

    My husband mows the lawn for our elderly neighbors! And in return they bring our bins in and collect our mail if we are away! They also feed our pets when needed! We live in a court and everyone looks out for each other! It’s great!

  2. Jenni  

    My husband mows the lawn for our elderly neighbors! And in return they bring our bins in and collect our mail if we are away! They also feed our pets when needed! We live in a court and everyone looks out for each other! It’s great!

  3. Joan  

    I live in a neighbourhood where everyone looks out for everyone else. But it’s important to set the example by being a good neighbour, it does not have to mean doing lots of things, just taking an interest, offering appropriate help and being a listening ear.

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