OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) - Kansas is the 46th state Rodney Smith has been to since he started his mission.
Kansas is the 46th state Rodney Smith has been to since he started his mission. (Raising Men Lawn Care Service Huntsville/Facebook via KCTV5)
He was in Overland Park lending a hand to a couple who needs it and teaching the next generation in the process.
Nearly 700 miles from home, Smith is nearing the end of a long journey. It is one that's taken him to nearly every state to mow lawns.
"There are many ways to make a difference, I've simply picked the lawnmower," he told CBS-affiliate KCTV5.
Smith mows for veterans, single moms, the disabled and the elderly.
"It was a surprise. Our friend called and said he met up with this wonderful person and wanted to know if we needed our yard done," Kay Sizelove said.
Kay and Phillip Sizelove were the lucky recipients Tuesday of Smith's big heart. Their home was one of Smith's many stops who is also showing 9-year-old Aaron the ropes.
Aaron, who lives in Kansas City, is taking part in the 50 Yard Challenge, a program Smith launched in hopes of creating more kindness throughout the country.
So how did this all come about? Smith was working on his bachelor's degree in computer science when he had a chat with someone above.
"A few years ago, I had a one on one conversation with God. I asked him to use me as his vessel. He didn't give me an answer that day - not a month later - not even a year later. He came in 2015 when I came across an elderly man outside mowing his lawn. He was like he was struggling, so I pulled over and I help them out," Smith said.
And the rest they say is history.
After Smith finishes all the states, he plans to mow on each continent, spreading kindness worldwide one lawn at a time.
Next up for Smith is Iowa and Minnesota. From there, he'll hop on a plane to head to Alaska and Hawaii.
For more information on Smith's program or how you can sign your child up for the 50 Yard Challenge, >click here.