Jorryn Zellers, a local member of Girl Scout Troop 30404, recently added a fresh pop of color outside of the Plymouth Public Library. Her colorful addition is the first Kindness River Rock Garden in Plymouth!
The Kindness Rock Project was started in 2015 by Megan Murphy, who wrote “You’ve got this!” on a rock before leaving it for someone to find on a beach in Cape Cod. After a friend found it, Megan started leaving more rocks with inspirational messages on them and the movement has grown ever since.
“Sometimes the world gives us a small sign of encouragement, often when we need it most” said Murphy, on the Kindness Rocks Project website. “One message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire day, outlook, or life! The Kindness Rock Project is a pay-it-forward community service project that hopes to spark joy in people’s everyday lives. Acts of kindness, even small ones, can have a major impact.”
“In November of 2017 I partnered with PPL to collect hygiene supplies for the Heminger House,” said Zellers. “It was a huge success, netting over 175 much needed items. This year I am working toward my Silver Award for Girl Scouts and I was interested in putting a Kindness River Rock Garden in Plymouth. I reached out to the library and they were all for it!”
The Kindness River Rock Garden has a simple motto: “Keep one, share one, leave one.” Sometimes we all need a little encouragement, kind words, or something to just make us smile. Keep a rock that speaks to you. If a friend of yours is down, or you see something that would make someone smile, share a rock with them. Help others via offering kindness of your own by leaving a rock for someone to find.
Rocks are painted with various motivational words, encouraging thoughts, or images that simply create happiness. The best rocks to use are smooth and oval shaped, but any rock will do. If you are interested in contributing your own rock, it is recommended you first coat the rock with a base layer of paint/spray paint. Then use acrylic/oil based paint, or paint pens to decorate. Lastly, add a clear coat of outdoor sealer and let the rock dry. Then bring them to the garden and help spread kindness to others!
“There are 200 rocks that have already been painted and placed” said Zellers. “Local Girl Scout Troops will have meetings and events to replenish rocks when needed. Plymouth citizens can add rocks as often as they wish, and PPL will hold occasional rock painting events to add to the rock garden as well.”
The Kindness River Rock Garden is located on the south side of the library in the flowerbed by the sidewalk along Garro Street.
To find out more about Kindness Rocks, visit www.kindnessrocksproject.com , or find it on Facebook at /TheKindnessRocksProject/ .