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'Kindness rocks' keep young girl's spirit alive after death

August 17, 2017 07:25 PM

NewsChannel 13 profiled Kelsey Kittleson in March. Sadly, she passed away in early July, but her spirit lives on. In fact, a month and a half after her death, she is impacting people around the world.

It all started with a Facebook page created just days after Kelsey died. It was built around something called "The Kindness Rock Project."

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Those who knew Kelsey, knew this is something she would have loved, so they started painting rocks with uplifting messages, often just one word: "humble," "kind," "generous."

On the back, they put "#TKRPkels."  It stands for The Kind Rock Project - Kelsey.

Anyone can join, you paint rocks and leave them for others to find.

Checking the Facebook page, these Kelsey inspired messages have traveled quite a ways in a month and a half.

Around New York State - places like Lake George, Whiteface Mountain and Buffalo to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Canada, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and even Wyoming and California.

It doesn't stop there. These Kelsey inspired rocks have even made their way to the Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge and to London.

The woman leaving a rock there said we have thought a lot about Kelsey during our vacation and today we placed the final rock that we brought, at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The stone said ‘be yourself’ ‘follow your dreams.’" She placed it there because Kelsey loved the theater.

Whether you "place" the rocks or "find" the rocks, all are encouraged to post pictures and messages

One woman writes, "As I was placing them around, I felt Kelsey smiling down on me and it brought joy to my heart. I hope the person who finds it feels the same way."

A worldwide impact in just a month and a half. A fitting tribute to a young girl with a big heart.


More information:
The Kindness Rock Project: Kelsey

See our NewsChannel 13 profile on Kelsey here.

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