HOUSTON (KHOU/CNN) - It turns out a random of act of kindness by a Houston police officer wasn't so random after all.
On any given day in downtown Houston, there are dozens of people on the street, living and trying to make a living. Look a little closer and you might also see people lending a helping hand.
A viewer snapped a photo showing a police officer giving a homeless man a jacket on a very cold day.
That was Sgt. Steven Wick. He's the officer in the photo. It turns out it is his job every day, looking for people he can help. He leads the homeless outreach program.
"I'm thinking he's cold, and I'm thinking he needs some clothes. And I have the ability to get them for him, so that's what I did," Wick said.
The streets are Wick's second home.
"I spend more time with the folks on the street than with my own family. I mean they're my street family," Wick said.
Daryl, the man he was helping that day, couldn't be found later.
But a friend of Daryl's who also frequents the downtown Houston area was talking about how Wick helps the homeless.
"If it weren't for people like him giving you clothes and helping you out, it's rough. You out here in a T-shirt and you're shivering. It's cold! You're hungry and you're mad at the world," said Rick Johnson, a homeless man.
A woman also dropped off a bag of clothes for Daryl.
"I'll get it to him. I'll see him tomorrow," Wick said to her.
"They're broken. And they have different problems with different people. And you just need to find out, figure out what they need, and try to help them get it," Wick said of the homeless.
As long as there are people on the street down on their luck, you'll probably find Wick right there with them.
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