GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - Rodney Smith Jr. has gone viral recently for mowing lawns for elderly and disabled people across all 50 states, going on tours to promote his message of kindness and charity unto others. He's done so five times already.
Now, Smith is on tour again, and he stopped in Greenville to cut grass with local law enforcement officers by his side as well.
"Back in 2015 I came across an elderly man outside mowing his lawn...and he looked like he was struggling, so that's when I pulled over and helped him. That night I decided I'd start mowing free lawns. And now it's turned into all of this," he told us on Thursday.
Smith's latest tour began on Wednesday, titled "Mowing with Cops". According to his website, Smith wanted to be a police officer, but in his words "God had other plans". For his latest tour, he's mowing 1-2 lawns for those who are elderly, disabled, single parents, or veterans. However, the twist is that local law enforcement officers in each city he travels to are invited to mow with him, using a special mower he had made for them.
"I hope to build relationships between police officers and the communities," Smith says. "A small act such as mowing the lawn means a lot to the people that we mow for, so that's what keeps me going."
He also emphasized the need for future generations to step up, saying
Smith's goal with this tour is to not only thank law enforcement for their service, but also to unite the community around them.
According to his website, he started out in Apopka, Florida before moving on to Macon and Atlanta on Thursday. He then made his way to Greenville today and plans on wrapping up in Charlotte. His next two cities are Charleston, West Virginia and Richmond, Virginia.
If you'd like to nominate someone for Smith to help, or if you want to help his cause, visit his website here.
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