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Man who mows lawns for free invites cops to do the same


Rodney Smith Jr., founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, talks with homeowner Irene Renee Jolly in Huntsville, Ala. in 2016 (Jay Reeves/AP)

A man who has been mowing lawns for free for the elderly, disabled, single parents and veterans has invited police across the country to do the same.

“Tuesday morning I’ll be heading to FL to start my new 50 State mowing tour called ‘Mowing with Cops’ on Wednesday,” tweeted Rodney Smith Jr. Monday. “The goal is to bring the communities together around those who serve and protect us.”

Participating cops will get to deploy a black-and-white painted mower equipped with flashy emergency lights, the Associated Press said.

“Growing up I always wanted to be a police officer, but God had other plans,” Smith says on his website. “Mowing lawns for FREE is my way of serving the public. For this tour, I will travel to all 50 states and mow 1-2 lawns in each state for one of the following four groups: the elderly, disabled, single parents, and veterans.”

The Alabama man’s campaign will begin in Apopka, Fla. His Foundation, Raising Men Lawn Care Service, recruits young volunteers partly as a way of teaching them responsibility and what kind of impact they can have.

“I want boys to follow in my footsteps and be better than me and give back,” Smith told USA Today in 2016.

Smith’s inspiration came in 2015 when he noticed an elderly man struggling to cut his lawn. “I thought I needed to do something about it,” he told USA Today.

His organization is sustained by donations that help with expenses such as hotel rooms.