The Orange Arts and Culture Council joined forces with Orange Community Services to promote the creation of a Kindness Rock Garden.
For those of you who are wondering what exactly is a Kindness Rock Garden, it’s a creative way in these troubled times to spread kindness. Rocks of all sizes and shapes are painted with designs and phrases and placed in a garden to be taken by anyone who needs a “feel-good” boost or simply sees one that makes them smile. Kindness Rock Gardens motivate others to join in the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness.
During the months of April and May residents of Orange busied themselves painting rocks with inspirational and motivational sayings. Some came to the Community Center to paint with supplies provided by Dennis Marsh, senior services coordinator, who coordinated the project with Bonnie Coppola, president of OACC. Among the contributors were the Tracy Group, developmentally disabled citizens, and the Orange Third Grade Brownie Troup. “The project is ongoing,” said Coppola. “We encourage townspeople to add to the garden to inspire others or to take a rock for motivation.”
Dedication of the Orange Kindness Rock Garden, located near the entrance to the Community Services Cafeteria, took place on June 21, Summer Solstice – the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Marsh, Coppola and Joan Cretelle, director of Orange Community Services, welcomed attendees.
It’s unclear where the Kindness Rock Garden originally started or who came up with the idea but the concept has taken off like a runaway train. Rocks painted with inspirational phrases can be found from coast to coast and in countries around the world. So if you want to brighten someone’s day, stop by the Orange Kindness Rock Garden at High Plains Community Center with your contribution. Talent not required.