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Man stops in Omaha for 50 lawns, 50 states tour

Posted at 10:13 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 18:32:04-04

As part of his quest to mow 50 lawns in 50 states, Rodney Smith Jr. made a stop in Omaha Monday to mow the lawn of an elderly woman whose husband passed away 10 years ago. 

Smith, who started the organization Raising Men Lawn Care Service, began his tour in Milwaukee on May 17. 

The goal of the organization is to encourage kids to help their community by mowing lawns for the elderly, disabled, single mothers and veterans. 

"I feel good just knowing i'm making a difference.  Some might think mowing a lawn isn't a big deal, but for some people it's a really hard task especially when they can't afford it.  I've come across so many elderly people on fixed incomes that can't afford to pay anyone to mow the law so now that we're coming out here for free they can now use those funds for medication, food and other things they really need," Smith explained.

Two officers with the Omaha Police Dept. Also helped mow a couple of yards.

Nebraska is the 45th state on the tour.  Smith will go to Kansas, Iowa, and Minnesota before finishing in Alaska and Hawaii.

Smith also started the 50 Yard Challenge which gets kids to mow 50 yards for people in need.  If they finish, Smith goes to their town and gives them a brand new lawn mower.