August 7th, 2013
12:24 PM ET

Kid Mows Lawns for Tornado Relief

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff" – Lots of kids mow lawns during the summer for a little extra cash. And that is how 11-year-old Dyllon Orthman from Texas is spending his summer, mowing as many lawns as he can find.

However, he is not keeping a penny. Instead, all of Orthman's earnings are going to Moore, Oklahoma tornado relief.

Dyllon was moved to do something after seeing the destruction first-hand from the powerful tornado in May that killed 25 people. 

So Dyllon mowed, and mowed, and mowed some more. Some 87 lawns in two months! He reached his first goal of $2,000, so he raised $3,000. By then so many people were moved by his gesture, they their donations took him up to $16,000! 

For more information on Mowing for Moore, visit their Facebook page.

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  1. Marianne Jones

    I'm a library teacher in an elementary school. I'm starting a new research class next month where kids will research something they are passionate about and then DO something to make a difference. I'm using Dyllon's story as one of our inspirations. I'm proud of this young man!

    August 11, 2013 at 12:47 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you for sharing, Marianne. We hope you'll send us updates on this #GoodStuff story that YOU'RE making happen in your community.

      Have a wonderful day!
      Lola
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 12, 2013 at 11:09 am | Reply
  2. Kristi Orthman

    It is absolutely AWESOME seeing my son recognized by CNN!! Thank you for sharing his story! He has begun taking donations for a handicap accessible playground for his school!! Is has received a little over $100 dollars so far, but is needing close to $20,000 to accomplish this mission!! If you want to donate to Dyllon's fund, you can find all the information on his FaceBook page, Mowing for Moore, OK. If you are wanting to donate to help the victims of the May tornadoes, you can still do that also!! Thank you for taking a look into Dyllon's Summer mowing adventure!! I am so blessed to be able to call him my son!!

    August 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Kristi,

      We adore this story as do our viewers. Thanks for allowing us to share this with others.

      Wishing you and Dyllon the very best!

      Warm regards,
      Lola
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  3. Amber Wolanski

    This young man has big things ahead!! Next up, Pennies for a Playground! He wants a playground for his school so every child can play!!! So proud of him & his journey!!

    August 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply

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