Michigan 8-Year-Old Takes ’50 Yard Challenge’ to Mow Lawns for Elderly, Veterans, Disabled in Need

Michigan 8-Year-Old Takes ’50 Yard Challenge’ to Mow Lawns for Elderly, Veterans, Disabled in Need

An 8-year-old boy in Muskegon County, Michigan, is on a mission to mow lawns for veterans, the elderly, single parents, and people with disabilities this summer for free. JR Achterhoff, who will soon be a third grader, decided to take the "50 Yard Challenge," a nationwide charitable activity challenging kids to mow 50 lawns for free, and get a jump on learning to help their community. The 50 Yard Challenge is part of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, which started with just one man who wanted to help a neighbor and then spread across the nation. On June 25, JR accepted the challenge and mowed the first lawn of his life. Initially, he'd been using an old mower that did not self­-propel, but thanks to a good Samaritan, he now has an awesome mower. “He loves helping people. He loves shoveling. He loves raking,” said John Achterhoff, the boy’s dad, ...

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