Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way. When Main Street business owner Martha Holbrook heard of the project, she wanted to help spread kindness in Franklin and enlisted the help of her fellow business owners. From there, Franklin NC Rocks, a Facebook Page, was launched.

“One of our sales reps contacted us and thought this would be something fun for our town,” said Holbrook. “It is a nationwide scavenger hunt of sorts to promote positivity and kindness. It is a way to be creative and spread some happiness through small hand painted rocks.”

Not only have Main Street merchants like Linda McKay, owner of NC Mountain Made, painted their own kindness rocks to hide along Main Street, but the owners of Stewarts Jewelry, The Attic, the Scottish Museum, Macon County News, and Mossy Rock have worked together to host a free painting party for the community.

The painting party is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. The shop owners have each pitched in to buy supplies for the event and the Gem and Mineral Museum is helping provide rocks for the public to paint.

“It has been so neat to see rocks hidden along the sidewalks in our little town,” said Teresa Tabor, editor of the Macon County News. “Some rocks have been hidden from a town in Florida. It’s such a small gesture that has the potential to have a big impact on someone’s day.”

The painting party is intended to encourage the community to come out and help increase the number of painted rocks in Franklin. Rocks can be hidden along Main Street, the Greenway, or any public location that visitors might encounter.

Members of the Franklin NC Rocks group and the community at large are encouraged to frequently post pictures of the painted rocks they’ve found around Franklin or that they plan to hide themselves for others to find. The idea of the game is for those lucky enough to find these painted rocks to either relocate them later or make their own to replace it.

Another Facebook group, WNC Rocks, covers all of Western North Carolina and has active users who participate in the hide and seek kindness spreading initiative.

All the supplies will be provided Saturday, those interested in participating are invited to stop by the Gazebo on Main Street and paint their own kindness rock to hide in town.