Kindness Rocks; Pass It On

Aug 16, 2017
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

“Manahawkin rocks! —MJ” read a small, fluorescent pink rock behind The SandPaper’s office. With it came a series of guidelines that showed the painted rock was more than an ode to Long Beach Island’s mainland neighbor. The rock is part of the Kindness Rocks Project that has swept the nation and spread across the globe, now coming to LBI.

The project is simple: promoting random acts of kindness to unsuspecting recipients by painting inspirational quotes or kind messages on rocks and placing them anywhere to be found and passed on. The project was founded on Cape Cod by a woman named Megan Murphy. After losing her parents at a young age, Murphy would walk up and down the beach looking for signs like a heart-shaped rock to signify that everything would be all right. Then, searching the beach for these signs evolved into a small hobby of painting a few rocks and dropping them around Cape Cod, which eventually became the Kindness Rocks movement taking place all over the world today.

Getting involved is simple and inexpensive, which may explain why it has gained so much traction around the globe. First, gather some rocks. Next, prepare a rock by painting it with a non-toxic paint that can be found at any craft or hardware store. Step three is to use an oil-based Sharpie paint pen to write your kind or inspiring message along with “#THEKINDNESSROCKSPROJECT.” Finally, once that is all done and the paint has dried, head out into the world and drop the rock anywhere so someone may find it and get some inspiration to pass the kindness on to someone else.

Since The Kindness Rocks Project was founded in a beach community, it’s fitting that it has come to Long Beach Island. So, from the beach to the bay, from Barnegat Light to Holgate, spread kindness and inspiration to those who might need it and to some who don’t even know they do.  —Z.H.

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