When St. Vincent’s Blount administrator Greg Brown approached nurse Valerie Stone about doing a Kindness Rocks project for the hospital, little did she imagine just how successful it would turn out. She began researching online and came across a website, thekindnessrocksproject.com. Soon, the vision turned into a reality.
Initially the idea was to have students paint rocks for the Kindness Rocks path located in the courtyard, but with schools shutting down in mid-March, plans were altered. Approaching co-workers, their children, and friends to help paint rocks, there was soon a multitude of beautiful rocks to create a pathway of inspiration and splendor.
Using a quarter-ton of rocks, artists paid tribute to various hospital units, created nature and beach scenes, painted rainbows and inspirational messages, and many other pictures for everyone to enjoy.
With it being so successful, Brown wants Stone to expand the project and create another beautiful path across the prayer garden. Anyone who is interested in painting rocks for the next phase of the project is encouraged to do so.
After your work of art is finished, Stone suggests that it be placed at the prayer garden, and staff will begin organizing. So get out your paints, tap into your creative side, and show off your distinct talent. The sky’s the limit. Get painting.