Cutting lawns has always been a great way to make money during the summer, especially if you’re not afraid to put in a little bit of hard work in the heat.
But, doing lawn service for free is an even better way to give back to your community and teach kids a thing or two about charity and responsibility.
That’s exactly what Raising Men Lawn Care Service is doing— cutting lawns for the elderly and single mothers for free. In doing so, it’s teaching all of those involved a very important lesson.
It all started when college student Rodney Smith, Jr. was inspired to cut lawns for the elderly after watching one man struggle to maintain his yard himself. Smith set a goal to complete 40 lawns, free of charge, he tells Briggs & Stratton.
He reached that goal much quicker than he anticipated, in just 6 weeks as a matter of fact. So, he decided to turn his effort into a larger group effort.
Now, young boys from all over the city of Huntsville Alabama can be apart of helping the community by mowing lawns.
They’ve thought of a clever way to make it even more fun for the boys involved. There are incentives for cutting lawns because, like the Karate color system, you get a new t-shirt color the more you work. So, you start out wearing a white t-shirt and gradually earn a black shirt, all with a little elbow grease.
And if that’s not a great way for kids to spend their time during the summer, I don’t know what is.
Hear more of Smith’s story here:
[h/t: Good Housekeeping]