Meals on Wheels recipients in the Bozeman area will be getting a little extra something with their deliveries - “A Kindness Rock.”
Thanks to the Bozeman Rock Group, a group of senior citizen painters at the Bozeman Senior Center have come together to create the ‘Kindness Rocks,’ to spread a little extra cheer to those who need it.
Each meal is delivered with a ‘Kindness Rock’ and a note explaining why the rock is being sent to them.
“It’s because people care about them and wish them well, and this is our way to get that to them, to show them that somebody put their time and energy on the line and cared enough about them even though they don’t know them, to do something nice, and that’s how it got started,” said Gayle Gallagher, Bozeman Rock Coordinator.
The idea for Bozeman Rocks is a bit like paying it forward.
“The normal way to conduct the painting on rocks is for folks to paint the rocks, add some kind comment, and then deposit them out in the community,” said Gallagher. “People walk around, find the rock, read the back and post to Facebook.”
And then they hide it elsewhere -- now there are more than 100 people will be receiving ‘Kindness Rocks’ with their Meals on Wheels, to do with what they please.
The concept has really caught on, and rocks are now showing up across the country and the world.
“There is a number of them that have turned up in California, we even have several that have turned up in Spain,” said Gallagher. “So, while it is an international effort, our rocks showing up in Spain, which will then be hidden again, that’s pretty special.”
The senior painters are currently on a summer recess, but they’ll be back spreading paint and positivity in the fall.