‘Kindness rocks’ to impact Greencastle community

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Kindness Rocks began as an international movement but has taken local roots recently when Putnam County’s Family Support Services and the PREVENT Coalition took to the cause. For more information, persons may contact either organization at 653-4820.

Kindness Rocks, an international movement, is coming soon to Putnam County.

Participants paint rocks with positive, inspiring and motivational messages, and the rocks are then added to rock gardens where passers-by can “take one for inspiration, share one for motivation or leave one to help our garden grow.”

Since Friday, June 9 rock gardens have sprouted up at the Roachdale-Franklin Township Public Library, the Putnam County Hospital, The Cove outside the Putnam County Convention and Visitor Bureau and Lifebuilder Community Church. Additional locations will be created soon, including Putnam County Comprehensive Services and a location in Cloverdale yet to be determined.

The rocks were painted by Family Support Services’ Women’s Group, staff, volunteers and interns, along with teens from the county-wide Youth Council for Leadership and Engagement (CYCLE) and citizens at First Friday.

Those who would like to participate can add painted rocks to any of the rock gardens. Painting rocks, CYCLE says, is a perfect summer activity for kids and spreading kindness is “a great way for them to help the community.”

Residents everywhere can also start their own rock gardens, and any individual or group who is interested in starting a Kindness Rocks garden should contact Family Support Services.

Kindness Rocks is organized in Putnam County by Family Support Services and the PREVENT Coalition.

For more information about the local project, contact Family Support Services at 653-4820.

For more information about the international movement, visit thekindnessrocksproject.com.

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