GALLIPOLIS FERRY — Kindness can be spread in multiple ways, even by the passing of a painted rock from one person to another.
Recently, a rock painting party hosted by Ashton Local and Administrator of Western WV Rocks Kathorine (Kathy) Cobb was held at College Hill Church in Gallipolis Ferry where all were invited to create a piece of happiness to be spread from one person to another for the kindness rocks project.
Cobb began her “rock club” Western WV Rocks in January of 2017. The purpose of this club is for individuals to paint a rock, hide the rock, and wait for it to be found and, hopefully, once found it will be hid again, so smiles and happiness can continue to be spread.
“We spread kindness one rock at a time,” said Cobb, “It’s like a ripple effect of water, you throw a stone in and it ripples across the water, so that’s what it is, what we’re trying to do is spread kindness like ripples in the water.”
Members of the Western WV Rocks Facebook page can place a tag with the name of the group on the back of the rocks they paint, so when someone finds their rock it can be posted on the Facebook page of where it was found. These Western WV rocks have reached all throughout the U.S. and even overseas to Ireland, England, Spain, and The Netherlands to name a few places.
Several groups are participating in the kindness rocks project. Cobb created her own group after being a member of the Northeast Ohio Rocks rock club. After having such a peak of interest in the kindness rocks project, the group manager from Northeast Ohio Rocks helped Cobb create her own group, which has grown to have 32,905 members. Members of Western WV Rocks are located throughout all 50 states in the U.S. as well as 14 other countries.
On the Western WV Rocks Facebook Page, Cobb lists the step of how one can create their own rock club. First, the individual should check his or her area for other rock clubs in the area and make sure there are none. Second, the individual should name the group by either the name of their home city and state followed by rocks or by the name of their home county and state followed by rocks. Third, an individual needs to add their friends to their group and have those friends add their friends. Fourth, the individual needs to paint a lot of rocks and hide them and watch the kindness spread. Fifth, the individual needs to give credit to the rock club that inspired them to join the kindness rocks project.
The main reason Cobb started her group was to spread kindness, to spread smiles.
“I wanted people to know,” said Cobb, “that there’s something out there other than mean people, you know, there are people who will carry in the groceries and open the door for other people.”
Along with hosting rock painting parties for interested individuals/groups/organizations, on the Western WV Rocks Facebook page Cobb creates daily as well as monthly challenges to encourage her members to continue painting rocks and spreading kindness.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.