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His Message Is Simple: Random Acts Of Kindness Change The World

It's National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Why this guy thinks we should be kind every day.


Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, but Ricky Smith makes sharing kindness something he does 365 days a year. Smith lives in Cleveland, and six years ago, he put his belief into action when he founded the charity Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere which encourages acts of kindness every day, and, well, everywhere!

Last year, RAKE friends volunteered at Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.RAKE Facebook

Smith and his team at RAKE spent the day performing random acts throughout the city, one act every hour for 24 hours. They surprised kids with toys, first responders got treats, and homeless people a hot meal. But Smith's point is that everyday is a good day for for small gestures that can make a big difference for someone else. "Go do something. You never know what people are going through. So the act of kindness, you never know what will inspire and motivate people," told WKYC.

Mayor Frank Jackson declared today 'RAKE' Day in Cleveland. That's Ricky next to the mayor accepting the proclamation.RAKE Facebook

While Smith is a big fan of the small act of kindness -- paying for coffee for the person behind you at Starbucks, or writing a note or e-mail of support to a friend -- he's known as a bit of a comedian, and likes to make people laugh. Check out this visit to some children in a hospital last year to get an idea of what we're talking about:

The kindness in Cleveland continues after today. Sunday is the RAKE annual HashtagLunchbag. If you're in the Cleveland area you can come out to Dante's Inferno Flats and help make hundreds of lunches for those in need. Click here for more information about the location, times and to buy tickets.

Last year's Lunchbag crew.RAKE Facebook

How can you start something good?

If you're inspired by RAKE, why not do random acts of kindness where you are. There's still time today to do a random act, and if you follow Ricky Smith's example you'll do another one tomorrow, and the next day and the next day.


And if you want to support Smith and his kindness crew, you can donate to RAKE by clicking here.

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