You matter: Post Falls man spreads message of kindness with simple sign

In the hustle and bustle of lunch hour traffic, it’s easy to forget to take a moment.

“I think we’re looking down too much sometimes,” Rob Carriker said.

Meet Rob, he’s a character, with a heart of gold.

Carriker stands on street corners, preaching a message of kindness for all to see.

“I am here to let people know that they are cared for and they are loved and that they are not forgotten,” Carriker said.

Two simple words, you matter, plastered on a cardboard sign.

Rob says he got the inspiration after seeing someone last month at the Division Street exit in Spokane holding a similar sign.

“I thought how wonderful that something so simple could help change just anything that's happening in somebody's day,” Carriker said.

The Post Falls man has been seen on street corners across Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, but if you haven’t seen him there, you may have seen him online.

On a community Facebook, two posts have garnered over 3,000 likes and over 500 shares, all with just a small gesture.

Rob stands, at peace, on the corner of Neider Avenue and Government Way, because his past has shaped who he is today.

“If it wasn't for the darkness in my life, I wouldn't have that light to share with everybody else, I know what it's like to be there and this is a much better place,” Carriker said.

So if you see Rob on a street corner, don’t be afraid to smile, or honk.

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