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A man from Alabama who went viral for traveling across the country to help maintain the lawns of the elderly, disabled, single-parent families or veterans for free now needs help himself.

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Rodney Smith Jr. founded Raising Men Lawn Care Service to help those who needed it most, mowing tens of thousands of lawns himself, or by others who want to lend a hand to those who cannot do their own lawn work either due to physical or financial reasons, WHNT reported.

He started the service in 2015 when he said he saw an elderly man trying to mow his lawn.

Smith is not from the U.S. originally. He was born in Bermuda but has lived here for 15 years, reported.

He had applied for a visa but it was denied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He said it was because there was no “documentary evidence that my work is an original contribution of major significance to the field” of social work, according to

Still, he calls himself an American after completing high school and earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in social work at Alabama A&M University, according to his plea posted on Facebook.

Smith is now looking for an immigration lawyer to help him navigate the process. He is also asking for anyone who has been helped by his foundation to write letters of support as part of his appeal to the government, WHNT reported.

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