A rock painting craze is sweeping the nation. Families all over the U.S. are painting rocks and hiding them for strangers to find. It's called the Kindness Rocks Project and their website says their goal is to "inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way."
The purpose behind the colorful rocks is to spread kindness to strangers.
The instructions are simple -- paint a rock, leave a clue where to find one or hide it in plain sight. If you find a rock, take a picture and post it on Facebook. Listed on the back of each rock is the Facebook page of the painter it is associated with it.
The movement started out as a hobby for Megan Murphy, a Cape Cod resident.
"It started as a hobby of one… painting and dropping a few rocks at a time, when something amazing happened. I began receiving messages from strangers about how much the rock they found meant to them. So I stepped up my rock painting and added social media, a website and encouraged others to join me."
The movement quickly gained momentum as more and more people were inspired by painting and finding other people's rocks in random places. Now people all over America have joined in. Murphy was elated to report that the movement has also made its way to other countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, India, Thailand, Haiti, Italy and England.
Families in Western North Carolina are getting in on the rock painting craze and posting their findings in the WNC Rocks Facebook group.
Sylva, N.C. resident Jamie Clonch and her family found their first rock about two months ago. Since then they have been hooked on the crafting trend.
"We come home and paint rocks every night. I have had more family time in the past two months than I have had all year with my kids."
"When someone is having a bad day, they might find a rock and smile."
"It's joy, happiness and it's just so awesome finding them," said Rose Clonch.
The crafting trend not only brings happiness to kids but also to the adults.
"It's therapeutic for me," said Jamie.
"It's exciting to see some of my little pieces of artwork make people happy."
For more information about the Kindness Rocks Project visit their website www.thekindnessrocksproject.com.