Alabama man makes lawn journey to Alaska
A man on a mission to mow lawns in every U.S. state visited Alaska this week.
Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Ala, is not a barber. He's just a man who helps make lawns look better.
There's no charge for the service. Smith says it would not be right.
"A few years ago, I had a one-on-one conversation with God," Smith said during a break. "I asked Him to use me as his vessel."
Smith says he got his answer in 2015.
"When I came across an elderly man outside mowing his lawn, he looked like he was struggling," Smith said. "I went over and helped him out, and that one act of kindness grew into a foundation."
That "call" gave birth to the Raising Men Lawn Care Service. Smith goes around the country, doing this yard work for the elderly, veterans, disabled, or single mothers. That includes the Tutor family.
"I have some hills on my lot also, it can be a real challenge because of the angles, pushing a lawnmower anymore is becoming a bit of a challenge for me, let's put it that way," said Terry Tutor.
The lawn Smith cuts is not at the Tutors' house, but, a friend's. He's out of town, and also suffers from health issues that prevent him from taking care of his lawn.
Alaska is the 49th state smith has cut lawns in since his cross country journey started in May. He started by himself, but, Smith tries to recruit kids to join his 50-Yard Challenge. They are encouraged to cut 50 lawns for free in their neighborhoods.
"A lot of kids are able, they just need to do it, put down the video games, and do some community service," said Smith.
It's not easy work, but for Smith it's about improving lives as well as lawns.
Hawaii will be Smith's last state on his trip.
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