Loving thy neighbor in all 50 states: Man mows lawns for the elderly, single moms and vets for free

July 12, 2018

Rodney Smith, Jr., fired up his Snapper lawn mower Thursday morning and cut the grass. Then he used a weed whacker to trim along the sidewalk, fence and foundation of the house, and completed the job by cleaning up the clippings.

And 60-year-old cancer survivor Marcia Dietz was thrilled.

Smith stopped by Dietzs home on Johnson Street in northeast Minneapolis as part of his summerlong nationwide mission to mow lawns free for the elderly, disabled, single moms, and veterans in all 50 states. Minnesota was his last stop in the contiguous 48 states before he flies off this weekend for Alaska and Hawaii.

A million thank yous from the bottom of my heart, Dietz said. Its an amazing thing hes doing. In todays world, for somebody to go around and give like that and want nothing in return is amazing to me.

This is the second year Smith has offered the gesture. He said he is inspired by God to make a difference in the world one lawn at a time. His ultimate goal is to encourage kids across the country and the world to follow his lead by offering to mow 50 lawns a year for free.

Tim Harlow 612-673-7768

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