Bartlesville FOP Buys New Mower For 11-Year-Old Boy Mowing For Those In Need


Wednesday, July 29th 2020, 9:27 pm
By: Kristen Weaver


BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -

The Fraternal Order of Police in Bartlesville helped out an 11-year-old boy who is on a mission to help those in need.

TJ Leeson wants to mow 50 lawns for the elderly and veterans, but his mower wasn't working very well. TJ said his new mower will help him to help so many people in Bartlesville and he can't wait to get started.

TJ Leeson proudly showed off his brand-new mower Wednesday, and you couldn't get the smile off his face.

"It's a really nice piece of equipment," TJ said. 

A few days ago, TJ signed up for the 50-yard challenge. It's a program where kids mow 50 yards for the elderly, disabled, veterans or single parents for free.

TJ was going to use this mower, but it had some issues.

"As I was trying to start it, it wouldn't run, it would just cough and sputter," he said. 

Then TJ's Mom, Debbie Leeson got a call from the police department.

"They said 'We heard what is going on and we want to get him a lawn mower, is that OK?' And I was like, yeah!" Debbie said. 

"They got a mower, fully everything ready to mow, full of gas, everything," TJ said. "It's just amazing to know I'm helping the community as I am."

TJ said he loves all things engines and mowing, and on Wednesday he finished his first lawn for a local veteran.

"It makes the world of difference and I'm proud of you TJ," Debbie said. 

TJ said after he's done mowing the 50 yards, he has no plans of stopping.

"That's the thing I love is, I'm taking part to help the community. I love this," TJ said.

You can follow along on TJ's journey through this Facebook page.