Neighbors Pulling Together to Help Atlanta Teen Involved in Lawn Mower Accident
ATLANTA, GA. – August 7, 2018 (11alive.com) As reported by 11alive.com, people in an Atlanta neighborhood are coming together to help a teenager who was injured in a lawnmower accident.*
On the afternoon of August 4, 16-year-old Jessie Grayson, of Atlanta, was mowing a neighbor’s lawn as part of his own neighborhood lawn care business. Somehow, his foot got in the way of the mower’s blade, and four of his toes on his right foot were severed.
The teen takes care of neighbors’ lawns, even while attending school, to help support his family. After the injury, Grayson’s primary worry whether he would be able to continue lawn care and continue helping his mom. “My mama was like, ‘If you want to get some money, you have to go get it. You can’t get a handout, you have to be a man,’” Grayson said of his decision to begin lawn care.
Surgeons were able to reattach all of Grayson’s toes, but he has substantial healing and recovery before he will be able to go back to his normal activities. In the meantime, his neighbors have started a GoFundMe account to raise money for his medical care and the purchase of new lawn equipment (including a pair of safety boots) and have pledged to not hire anyone else to manage their lawns. They say they admire Grayson’s reliability and work ethic and appreciate the quality of his services, so they’re sticking around for him.
“We’re all in the neighborhood, and we see his dedication,” one neighbor told reporters. “As soon as he’s ready, we’re ready for him.”
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