Random Acts of Kindness bring hope to those who need it most in Cleveland

Updated: Nov. 27, 2018 at 8:27 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On this giving Tuesday, three guys in a truck handed out life’s basics.

Basics, that can be hard to come by.

“Put this man in a sweatshirt!” said Ricky Smith.

Smith started the group RAKE, or “Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere” to do small things that make a big difference.

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Posted by Ricky Smith on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

“It really means a lot. As you can see, I hardly have on anything. This really came in handy,” Demetrious said.

“RAKE started five years ago. I was a little down and out. I saw a tweet that didn’t really make sense. It said when you have nothing, give more,” Smith explained.

He took his last 20 dollars, and bought pizza for the homeless.

“It meant a lot that not having much stuff, I could still help people,” Smith said.

That thought has grown, with donated sweatshirts from the Cleveland Clothing company and a warm smile.

The group has been handing out donations for the last five years. They say they like to hand out something to warm their bodies and their souls.

“My advice is you can do something. You don’t have to be rich, you don’t have to be famous. As long as you have breath, hands, even a smile, a joke, anything can brighten someone’s day,” Smith said.

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