Over the last few years, Raising Men Lawn Care, a Huntsville-based group that mows lawns for the elderly, disabled, single mothers and veterans, has gotten attention nationwide. Founded by Rodney Smith, the goal was to start mowing lawns while teaching young men how to work hard.
First they started helping people in our area, and we loved them for that. Then they decided to expand into other states. And if that wasn’t enough, Rodney decided to do one lawn in every state. Now he’s branching out from cutting grass and is starting to use his platform to raise money for other causes.
Since Raising Men Lawn Care has more than 70,000 likes on Facebook, Rodney got the idea to collect donations each month for a different cause. Each month, people donate small amounts, usually $5, and then people vote on the cause they want to support. In May, Raising Hope, the nonprofit associated with Raising Men, gave $1,000 to a little boy in Kentucky who has brain cancer.
David Turner Jr., 7, has been fighting diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma for the past year. It’s an aggressive form of brain cancer that affects the part of the brain that controls breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.
David’s aunt nominated him on the Raising Men Facebook page, and he ended up with enough votes to win May’s donations.
Rodney traveled to Kentucky where he presented David and his family with a giant, $1,000 check.
If you want to follow along with more of their adventures, check out the Raising Men Lawn Care Facebook page.