Julian Barraza says mowing lawns is "therapeutic"

By Alex Heigl
Updated June 23, 2015 05:00 PM

Julian Barraza is a former Marine Corporal who’s currently living in Lubbock, Texas. Though Lubbock’s temperatures hover around 90 degrees this time of year, Barraza has been keeping busy mowing lawns.

But Barraza hasn’t been motivated by the usual reasons that have pushed people behind mowers on hot summer days since the dawn of time – such as cash, parents or a burning hatred of grass. No, you see, he’s doing this for free. And he’s doing it exclusively for Lubbock’s elderly and disabled communities, as well as other veterans and low-income families.

Barrazza refuses to accept payment other than a few bucks here and there for gas, and within a few days has had over 30 “clients” added to his roster. He says mowing the lawns is “therapeutic” for him. “I could go to church too,” Barraza told KLBK. “But I’d rather do this instead. I am sorry, Jesus.”

Asked what motivated him to take up charity lawn mowing, Barraza said, “I am just tired of all the negativity going on, and I want to do something about it.”