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Cleveland man and his dog spreading smiles to healthcare, transit workers with a sign and a mission

Posted at 1:54 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 18:35:07-04

CLEVELAND — Sometimes something as simple as a sign can lead to a smile. And smiles are something that Bob Votruba is happy to spread.

The 65-year-old Cleveland native has traveled the country — coast to coast — over the last 13 years in a bus with his Boston Terrier, Bogart.

Their goal is to share One Million Acts of Kindness and to inspire others to do the same. And the pair has quite the following.

Now, he’s back in Northeast Ohio to focus in on his roots.

“With the coronavirus going on now, I decided to go right to the frontlines and thank the heroes. I’ve been at a number of the hospitals here, suburban hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the VA — just thank the front line workers, doctors, nurses, the caregivers,” Bob said.

It hits home even more when you know Bob’s son Dr. Alexander Votruba is inside, helping save lives.

On Tuesday, Bob set up shop in downtown Cleveland.

This time, to thank the transit workers.

“You know, a lot of these bus drivers are having a tough time with passengers and I wanted to bring a little light to their day,” he said.

“Everyday heroes. You don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero.” Bob added.

You can learn more about his mission here.