HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Huntsville landscaper turned national treasure, Rodney Smith Jr., is hitting the road again. He plans to travel to all 50 states, this time with law enforcement by his side. The goal for this trip is to encourage the youth and officers to make a difference one lawn at time.
Smith’s 2019 tour kicks off in Huntsville. He estimates the trip will take about a month to complete.
“What I’m trying to do for this tour in particular is bring communities together. I’m trying to let people know that the police are there to protect and serve them. There are so many good police officers out there," explained Smith.
Tuesday morning Huntsville Police officers were up early to help him kick start his tour. They began with a home on Mastin Lake Road.
“Sometimes we have to protect and serve in many different ways," said Officer Thomas Kelly. “If people can see that you’re people just like them then they are more apt to approach them or you’re more approachable to them."
'There are many ways to spread kindness and give back," said Smith. “My simple took is with a lawnmower, and for this tour it’s a police lawnmower. I’m inviting officers to come out with me.”
The organization, Raising Men Lawn Care Service, provides mentor-ship to young men and women while gifting the elderly, single moms and veterans with a well-groomed yard.
You can keep up to date with his journey on his Facebook page.