Press Release

Date: Nov. 23, 2018

Media contact: Jake Miller,

Hope for the Holidays Tour: One-man mission to help the homeless in all 50 states

Rodney Smith Jr. delivering presents, hot meals to those in need nationwide

Huntsville, Alabama — Rodney Smith Jr., founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service (RMLCS), doesn’t stop helping others when the grass stops growing.

Beginning Nov. 26, Smith will embark on his Hope for the Holidays Tour, a 50-state road trip to deliver hot meals, much-need supplies and gifts to a homeless person in each state. His goal is to not only help the people he meets, but to inspire others to help the homeless by helping tear away stigmas and other stereotypes often associated with being homeless.

“It’s a tragedy that so many people are homeless but it could happen to any of us at any given moment,” Smith said. “It’s so important that we help our neighbors, tell their stories and work to make a difference in our own communities. I hope I can show others that you don’t need to do a lot to help a lot. Small gestures matter.”

This summer, Rodney made his way across the U.S., cutting lawns for the elderly, single mothers, veterans, and disabled folks who couldn’t cut it themselves or afford to pay someone to help them.

His goal during the 50 States, 50 Lawns Tour was to inspired young adults and kids nationwide to accept the 50-yard challenge, in which they cut 50 yards for people in need of help. He hopes folks are compelled to help the homeless in a similar way.

“Every day is tough when you’re homeless, but it’s terribly difficult this time of year – both physically and mentally,” Smith said. “If I can help make even a few people more comfortable and happy, I want to do it. It may sound crazy, but I believe if we all helped just one person where we live, the results would be astonishing.


To make donations, visit  To follow Rodney and hear stories from those he meets, visit him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



About Raising Men Lawn Care Service

Raising Men Lawn Care Service is a nonprofit organization based in Huntsville, Alabama. It’s founder, Rodney Smith Jr., launched RMLCS to help folks who are unable to mow their lawns, while also teaching children the importance of giving back to the community. The organization provides free lawn care for the elderly, disabled, single mothers and veterans. For more information, visit the RMLCS website.