Last Christmas, I traveled to all the major cities in Alabama and Tennessee dressed as Santa Claus, delivering gifts to the homeless in each community.
This year I’m doing something similar but for homeless nationwide. On November 26, I will embark on my Hope for the Holidays Tour, a 50-state road trip to deliver gifts to at least two different people who are homeless in each state. Along with delivering the gifts to provide them with a simple moment of cheer, I hope to learn more about the different people i meet, find out how they became homeless and to understand what Christmas means to them.
I want to not only help the people I meet, but to inspire others to do help the homeless by tearing away stigmas and other stereotypes often associated with being homeless. If people realize that even small gestures for just a couple people will make a difference, we can change the world
My name is Rodney Smith Jr., and I recently graduated from Alabama A&M University with a master’s degree in social work. I’m the founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service (RMLCS), a nonprofit organization designed to promote awareness and inspire the youth to serve in their community by providing free lawn care to the elderly, disabled, single moms and veterans. During the summers of 2017 and 2018, I traveled to all 50 states mowing lawns free for the groups I mentioned to encourage kids to join our 50-yard challenge, a part of RMLCS that supports kids, giving them the encouragement and motivation to mow lawns for those in need throughout their communities. More information about the 50 yard challenge.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth
Raising Men Lawn Care Service is the union of a simple yard-maintenance service and the commitment to establish an inspiring program to keep our youth (girls & boys) on a positive path, while helping them learn and understand their value in society. RMLCS provides free lawn care to our elders, those who are disabled, single mothers and our veterans, who do not have the time, resources and/or money to manicure their yards.
All donations will go toward gas, lodging, food and purchasing surprise gifts for people I meet during the tour.
Nov 26 – Mobile, Alabama | New Orleans, Louisiana | Jackson, Mississippi | Memphis, Tennessee
Nov 27 – Little Rock, Arkansas | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nov 28 – Dallas, Texas
Nov 29 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov 30 – Phoenix, Arizona | Los Angeles, California
Dec 1 – Las Vegas, Nevada | Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 2 – Boise, Idaho
Dec 3 – Portland, Oregon | Seattle, Washington