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This Houston mom mows lawns for free! And if you’re a senior or a veteran, she’s ready to help.

Lauren Laborde is a mother of two and our new hero – because she’s mowing lawns for free.

It’s a way to give back to those over the age of 65 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I realized a lot of seniors are on fixed incomes, so I figured there’s a creative way to help them out.”

Laborde uses a Toro 22-inch recycler lawn mower, an edger, and chainsaws.

Lauren Laborde

Yes, she really mows lawns for free

She told ABC 13 that her availability is flexible due to her losing her job in the oil and gas industry during the pandemic, though weekdays are preferable to weekends. (You can contact her here.)

Laborde is one of 11 volunteers with I Want To Mow Your Lawn, a national non-profit founded by Brian Schwartz, an advertising executive who also lost his job due to the pandemic.

Senior citizens and veterans were fighting greater battles against COVID-19.

Swartz decided that a free grass-cutting service was a good (and safe) way to help.

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A law student who was lifted in his wheelchair above the crowds at a heavy metal concert in Spain has spoken of the ‘incredible’ rush of living through the moment that made what many are calling the photo of the year.

“You feel as if you were God”

The powerful image of Alex Dominguez, 19, flying high, as crowds lift him in his wheelchair at the Resurrection Fest in north-western Spain, has been celebrated as a symbol of inclusiveness in action.

After being propelled into the limelight the 19-year-old has described, in an interview with the Spanish edition of the Huffington Post, how it felt to live in that moment according to the Daily Mail.

‘It was a rush of energy, adrenaline, excitement, joy, happiness. A dream come true I had this idea for a long time to see my favorite groups from up there,’ he said.

‘You feel as if you were God ‘

Images of the teen, who has cerebral palsy, at the heavy metal festival held in Vivero (Galicia) went gone viral across social media and in news outlets across the world, this week.

The images show him in his musical element, sitting in his wheelchair, hands high in the air, as dozens hold him up during Swedish band Arch Enemy’s set.

One photograph, taken by event photographer Daniel Cruz, has been labelled the photo of the summer and has prompted others to share their own images of the touching moment online.

He told Spanish media outlet LaSexta, he couldn’t let the moment go unrecorded.

‘I got on the fence running and I saw that the people were carrying Alex, it was an immediate reaction, to take the camera and take the picture.’

Arch Enemy also captured the moment from their perspective on stage and shared a video of what it described as an ‘incredible’ gesture by its ‘awesome’ fans.

‘The Arch Enemy legions just being awesome as usual at @ResurrectionESP in Spain a couple of days ago,’ the band tweeted.

Alex Rodriguez’ mother, Belén, thanked his fellow festival goers their kindness in making her son feel a part of the crowd.

A second year law student at the University of La Rioja, Mr Rodriguez, is a lover of rock and heavy metal, though he listens to all types of music.

Ms Rodriguez said being a part of the concert was a dream for her son, who had organised the trip, booked the hotel and prepared everything he needed to attend the festival and was already looking forward to the next one.

‘He’s a fighter like everyone. He makes his mark and since he was little he has been in the sandbox, on the swings.’

People on social media have praised the actions of the festival goers for helping a man with a disability feel a part of the festivities like everyone else.

‘It’s great that, although some see difficulties, others see solutions and joys like that,’ a young woman tweeted.

‘Thanks to all those people who made Alex fulfill a dream … Let’s educate humanity’, added another.

Alex Rodriguez hoped his image would become an example to other people like him that there need not be any limits to where they went and what they could do.

‘I want to serve as an example so that other people like me, in a wheelchair, will be encouraged to go to festivals and concerts … and to fly through the air.

‘Because we are disabled does not mean we can not go. ‘

Jaden Smith found a philanthropic way to celebrate his 21st birthday: by bringing free vegan meals to the homeless in Los Angeles.

According to USA Today, the entertainer, actor and entrepreneur continued the activism that has become a hallmark in his career by giving back to those in need.

“I love what you are doing man.”

Smith took to Instagram on Sunday to unveil the I Love You restaurant food truck, which he took to the Skid Row area of Los Angeles to dole out free food. Homelessness in Los Angeles is up 16% over last year across the city, according to a 2019 report from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

“The @ILoveYouRestaurant Is A Movement That Is All About Giving People What They Deserve, Healthy, Vegan Food For Free,” Smith wrote in the caption of a video showing people lined up to receive the bags of food. “Today We Launched Our First One Day Food Truck Pop-Up in Downtown LA. Keep A Look Out Because This Is The First Of Many.”

Fellow celebrities applauded Smith for giving back to the people of Los Angeles experiencing homelessness.

“This is so dope,” Kevin Hart commented. “I love what you are doing man.”

“WOW,” SZA added in a comment. “ICON ENERGY.”

Yara Shahidi commented, “This is incredible,” while Bella Thorne added, “This is amazing.”

Taraji P. Henson let Smith know how pleased she was with his work: “PROUD OF YOU YOUNG MAN!!!!!”

Smith, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, collaborated with a church in Flint, Michigan, in March to help bring clean water to the city. His JUST goods company joined forces with First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church to install a mobile water filtration system known as “The Water Box” to help reduce lead and other contaminants.

After 40 years of medical practice and welcoming 8,000 babies he delivered to the world with a song, this doctor was honored with a special day named after him.

This year, the city of Pittsburgh declared May 16 “Jaja Day” after Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja, who became known as “The Singing Doctor” at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Magee-Womens Hospital, for his beloved tradition of singing to each of the babies he delivered.