A photo of an Alabama man helping a 93-year-old woman mow her lawn has gone viral on Facebook.
Rodney Smith Jr. is the owner of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, a nonprofit organization that assists single parents, elderly people and disabled people in mowing their lawns free of charge, Upworthy notes.
One of Smith’s most recent clients was a 93-year-old woman. He took a picture with her and posted it on Facebook on April 23. Smith wrote:
We did this sweet lady's lawn today. She is 93, the neighbors told us that she been out [there] trying to cut her own lawn. 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 !
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The post quickly went viral, garnering more than 1.2 million likes and 245,000 shares in just five days.
“The typical response is tears of joy,” Smith told Upworthy.
The organization was launched in December 2015. The group of about 20 young people have mowed more than 300 lawns since. They usually leave notes on the doors of the people they help.
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"When we come and cut their lawn and let them know we will be back every two weeks to cut it, they are so happy," Smith added. "Words really can't describe it."
The group also started a GoFundMe account to help pay for lawn equipment, refreshments for the mowers, and T-shirts with the group's logo. They’ve raised more than $15,500 of their $16,500 goal as of April 28.
"I want to restore the importance and understanding of giving back to the community,” Smith wrote on the organization’s Facebook page, according to Upworthy. “I want to show our children (our future) that by helping others they too will receive a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem, moral value, and purpose in themselves."