A young man intently watched the daily routine of a 93-year-old woman who lived alone, waiting for his chance. When the elderly woman finally came outside, neighbors were shocked by the young man’s actions.
Thanks to monumental leaps in medicine and technology, our loved ones are able to live far longer than we once believed possible. Unfortunately, this leaves the elderly even more vulnerable to individuals who would take advantage of their advanced age.
Disturbingly, scammers, thieves, and abusers have made the most feeble their prey, leaving aging citizens destitute or disabled in their quest for financial gain. However, for one young man, he had something vastly different in mind when it came to his elderly target.
Nearing a century of independent living, a 93-year-old woman was doing everything within her ability to take care of herself. Of course, no matter how determined one is, there are still certain tasks that make such an advanced senior citizen particularly susceptible to harm. It was this instance that provided a young man the opportunity for which he’d been waiting.
After discovering that the meek yet determined centenarian struggled to mow her own lawn, Rodney Smith Jr. and his best friend and business partner Terrence Stroy concocted a plan. Refusing to allow the precious senior citizen to exhaust herself performing such a chore, the pair patiently waited for the woman to exit her home the next time she planned to mow the lawn. It was then that the men insisted that she allow them to do it for her for free.
“We did this sweet lady’s lawn today. She is 93, the neighbors told us that she been out their trying to cut her own lawn,” Rodney wrote. “Have no fear, raising men lawn care is going to make sure her lawn is done every two weeks! Making a difference in our community!”
Rodney and Terrence manage the Raising Men Lawn Care Service in Huntsville, Alabama, a program that teaches young people their individual value through servitude, community, respect, and hard work. The organization provides free lawn care to the elderly, disable, veterans, and single mothers, killing two birds with one stone by instilling morals while simultaneously helping the underprivileged.
The group has officially been providing its maintenance services to society’s forgotten citizens since the beginning of 2016. Despite their humble efforts, Rodney and Terrence have gained fame on social media with some of their posts racking up millions of likes.
While the young men acknowledge that their services greatly help members of the community, they maintain that their goal is not merely to offer free services. According to Rodney, he hopes that the program teaches young people to become productive citizens who take responsibility for their community.
Rodney and Terrence accept children and young people into their program, teaching them basic skills involving lawn care. However, the children also develop a sense of personal pride as well as respect for people even in the lowliest positions in society.
Although they always make time for their community, Rodney and Terrence are also students at a local university. Incredibly, the pair has managed to take on a successful non-profit organization during their studies.
While many of their clients prefer to remain unnamed, they often agree to take pictures with Rodney and Terrence for the group’s Facebook page. Of course, they are always extremely thankful for the young men and their desire to serve.
For as long as they are able, Rodney and Terrence will continue to instill hard work and worth in the city’s youth, modeling how to become productive men and women. For this pair, their success is two-fold, reaching both the older and younger generations at once.
While many of their clients are certainly thankful for these young men’s selfless actions, the world is eternally grateful for the values they’re passing on to tomorrow’s leaders. Amazingly, Rodney and Terrence have found a way not only to bring both past and future generations but also to better their city.