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Local photographer humbled by act of kindness from unlikely person

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It was just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, right before Blake Crossley was getting ready to start another day at work.

The photographer was walking toward his small studio on the corner of West Second Avenue and Bernard Street when he noticed something different about the sidewalk.

“It was spick and span,” said Crossley. “It was immaculate actually.”

Standing between Crossley and his turquoise door was a man with a broom in his hand.

“He was just cleaning up the front area,” said Crossley. “Cleaning up in front of my window and all the parking stalls.”

So Crossley asked the man if he was being paid, or doing it as part of a work program?

“He said our work was too beautiful to have our clients to park in dirty stalls,” said Crossley. “I was floored. It almost brought me to tears right in front of him.”

After talking with the man, Crossley learned that he is homeless. Crossley only got his first name: Bret.

So Crossley offered Bret breakfast or a coffee. But instead, Bret shared that he needed help getting his drivers license so that he could work.

“That’s when I lost it,” said Crossley. “So we took him down and printed out some application stuff and paid to get him a license and off he was.”

Crossley posted the experience on his Facebook page along with a picture he took of Bret sweeping the sidewalk.

“Great way to start the morning knowing great people are still out there,” he wrote.

“It made me stop and think that things aren't as bad as they seem sometimes,” said Crossley. “We’re in a tough time right now and a lot of negativity between so many different things and a lot of tragic things happening here in town and in the U.S. And to see someone that just doesn't have a worry at all and that and is dealing out of the kindness of his heart is very rare.”

Crossley hopes Bret gets the recognition he deserves. He says if you’re looking for work and happen to see him, you should give him a chance.

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