Southbridge boy given lawncare equipment for his birthday

📸 Camden Olivo of Southbridge recently completed the “50 Yard Challenge” by mowing lawns of neighbors in need. Last weekend he was recognized by Rodney Smith, Jr., the man behind the viral challenge. Courtesy photos.

SOUTHBRIDGE — In cities and towns across the country, kids spent their summers mowing lawns not to earn a few bucks but rather to provide a community service. Camden Olivo is one of those kids.

Camden took part in the “50 Yard Challenge” this summer as he worked hard over the last several months to mow the lawns of local elderly residents, disabled individuals, single parents, and military veterans in and around Southbridge. Last weekend, on his 13th birthday, he was recognized for his efforts and received some gifts from Rodney Smith, Jr., the man behind the viral “50 Yard Challenge.”

“I got to know my neighbors a little better, I got to learn more about them. It felt good to serve people,” Camden said in an interview with Smith. “It was really hard because it is really tiring when you’re trying to mow the lawns and sometimes it hurts if you step in a hole or something.”

Smith is the founder of the Raising Men Lawn Care Service, whose motto is “Making a difference one lawn at a time.” An Alabama resident, Smith has traveled across the country to deliver lawn care equipment as a reward for those who have successfully completed the challenge of mowing 50 lawns for those in need at no cost. Olivo received a new lawnmower, weedwacker, and leaf blower for his efforts.


“It is an experience that will draw you closer as father and son, mother and son, an experience that will help you serve together, and the blessings that come from that are just unexplainable.”

—CHRIS OLIVO


Chris Olivo, Camden’s father, lauded his son’s efforts and the “50 Yard Challenge” more generally.

“It was really exciting. It was awesome to see him grow through the experience from when he first started to when he finished, to see the drive that he had, the compassion that he had for our community and the people he served, it was a great experience to be able to share with him,” the elder Olivo said. “It is an experience that will draw you closer as father and son, mother and son, an experience that will help you serve together, and the blessings that come from that are just unexplainable.”

Camden and his mother, Emily Olivo, share a moment with the lawn care equipment he earned through his efforts in the “50 Yard Challenge.”

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