Today’s story is really interesting, it comes from Huntsville, Alabama where a man named Rodney Smith who is an average guy who grew up on the island of Bermuda, where he watched his dad help people build houses and that spirit of giving got ingrained in him from a young age. Rodney is a college student is soon to graduate and he decided to start a lawn cutting service in Huntsville, Alabama called “Raising Men Lawn Care Service”.
This is not your average lawn care service though, the focus for this company is on helping people that are less fortunate and may struggle to cut their own lawns. The pivotal point that made Rodney realize he needed to help the less fortunate in this area was when he witnessed an elderly man in his neighborhood struggling to cut his grass, and he said quote” I thought I needed to do something about it” and he decided to cut lawns for the elderly, disabled and single mothers for free. His initial goal was to cut 40 lawns for free, however he reached that goal in 6 weeks and soon after reached 100 lawns.
The number of people he desired to help was overwhelming for just him, so he decided to join forces with a guy in his neighborhood, Terrence Story and together they started recruiting the young men and women in their neighborhoods to help with the lawns. They didn’t stop there though, they realized that they also had an opportunity to teach the kids they were recruiting, responsibility, respect, and giving. Rodney says “I want boys to follow in my footsteps and be better than me and give back”.
Naturally once the news of this movement started spreading around Huntsville, Alabama, not only did they get more requests for lawn help, but they also received an outpouring of kindness from across the country, including receiving lawn equipment, gasoline and even free maintenance on the equipment, as donations from people who really want to see this organization go bigger. One of their big contributors has been Briggs & Stratton, the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment; they provided the men with lawn equipment and paid off the original GoFundMe goal of $2,000.00, and more and more donations are pouring in, in support of their vision.
The reason I chose this story this week is because it’s a story of humanity, and it’s a story of kindness. There is something special about sacrificing your time to help someone else that you see needs your help, and these men and doing that every day, they are choosing to go help the elderly that struggle with cutting the grass, and help the single moms who may not have time or the resources to cut the grass themselves, and to help the disabled, who for physical or mental reasons are not able to do it themselves. It’s fascinating that they realized early on that cutting peoples grass is part of their mission but that the other part of the mission is to mentor young men, and teach them respect and kindness, and work ethic.
The time these men and putting into the helping their neighbors and the young people in their neighborhood, is priceless. The homeowners are never going to forget their kindness and I’m sure they will want to pass on the kindness they have received, and the young men and women that volunteer will never forget the mentorship and lessons they will learn, and I’m sure they will carry them throughout their lives, and continue passing on the spirit of kindness throughout their journey. This story is super inspiring, and really touches the heart of humanity and shows that, kindness is contagious and that there is no payment needed to make a small difference in a person’s life.
Quote of the Week: “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” by Desmond Tutu.