New Jersey teenagers get into holiday mood, grab rakes, help the elderly get rid of leaves

Amy Christie

A school bus came filled with 7th and 8th graders from New Jersey who offered to help their senior neighbors. The good deeds that the 21 teenagers set out to achieve inspired the whole community.

What are the details?

the teenagers came equipped with recycled paper bags, and they brought rakes. As soon as they arrived, they started working and cleaned up several properties. They removed leaves from homes owned by elderly neighbors, and they did it all free of charge, as Good News Network reported.

This initiative was approved by the Ramsey NJ Board of Education. The kids who took part in the activity were volunteers for a nonprofit organization called I Want to Mow Your Lawn Inc. The organization was founded during the pandemic, and it first started its activities last summer.

Brian Schwartz started I Want to Mow Your Lawn after he lost his job in advertising.

“We’re now in 35 states with over 150 volunteers,” he said for Good News Network.

After this successful leaves removal campaign, Schwartz is planning to team up with schools in more towns, and to involve several groups of kids in this “grassroots” campaign that pays off in smiles and so many thank yous.

Until more join the initiative, the same students will be back to clean up more yards. They will get rid of leaves while offering kindness and goodwill in return.

When we all stand together, so many more smiles come up and having yards clean before the holidays will surely add more cheer to the coming weeks.

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