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Alabama man recalls impact of nationwide mowing campaign

A Huntsville, Alabama, man is back at home after cutting grass for World War II veterans.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 6:58 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 9:27 PM

OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) - A Huntsville, Alabama, man is back at home after cutting grass for World War II veterans.

In March, Rodney Smith Jr. made a stop in Okolona where he donated two lawn mowers to two teenagers.

“I wasn’t thinking this big at first. I thought I was helping Huntsville. In all actuality, I was helping the world."

Smith want kids all over to continue his legacy by creating the 50 Yard Challenge.

“Let's say you have a kid in Mississippi that accepted the 50-yard challenge; they make a sign saying 'I accept the 50-yard challenge,' and in return, we send them a white Raising Men Lawn Care T-shirt. Once they mow 10 lawns, they get an orange shirt, and once they get to 50, we fly or drive to wherever they are; we give them brand new mowers, weed eaters and blowers."

Smith traveled to all 50 states, offering free lawn care for military veterans as a way of thanking them for their military service.

"It was a beautiful experience, just to meet all the different veterans in different branches," Smith said.

The tweets Smith posted while traveling the nation landed him free flights with Delta Airlines to Alaska and Hawaii.

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