Bob Votruba is a man known for taking his bus and his bicycle to different states spreading a strong message: that no one is alone.
Now he is in Naples hoping to just teach one more person to be kind by spreading love with a simple sign, a wave and a smile. He’s traveling across Southwest Florida as a part of his “One Million Acts of Kindness” message.
“If we are negative in our words and actions its going to be toxic to us,” Votruba says. It’s a mantra in a way as he’s made it his mission for more than ten years to bring kindness to communities.
“As traffic approaches they see one side and say remember to be kind and I see their faces soften,” he said. “That’s something I can do in my life.”
The Ohio native says it just takes one second to make someone’s life better.
“We have the change 1000 times a day to be kinder every breath we take is an opportunity to think of someone else. Being kind helps you feel better people live longer when they are kind. It’s just that simple.” he said.
Last year, he took his message across the country as a part of his “10,000 Miles to Spread Kindness” bus tour. He says the world can be a better place, if one person chooses to be kind.
“I’m able to talk to them about hurt they are carrying in their heart and talk to them before they act out in negative toward themselves or others and honestly to both,” he said.
Now he says he will stay in Southwest Florida for a good part of the winter.
Votruba has a big connection with schools in Collier County and just set up a connection with Lee County libraries to spread his message.