CLEVELAND -- He grew up in Warrensville Heights, moved to LA for a comedy career and watched the Cleveland reputation land a black eye with recent crime news.
That's around the time comedian Ricky Smith decided to come home and try to make a difference.
"Today is my 125th day of doing a random act of kindness a day, so I'm addicted," Smith told Channel 3. "I literally can't stop doing random acts of kindness."
We joined him as he handed out a dozen and a half blankets to the homeless of Cleveland on Thursday night.
"I'm a comedy writer for television, that's what pays the bills -- but coming out here and meeting and helping these people has a warming effect."
He started a program known as R.A.K.E. -- Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere.
It isn't limited to clothing the homeless -- he is OK with paying it forward by paying for the coffee for the person behind him, or bringing a case of water to those whose home was destroyed.