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Kindness rock gardens sprout around Putnam County

Posted at 9:40 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 21:46:36-04

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. – Rock gardens, meant to infuse positivity into people’s lives, have sprouted up around Putnam County this summer.  

The rocks are the work of those at Putnam County Family Support Services who find plain rocks to paint and decorate with messages.

"A lady who found out she had cancer was going in for her first chemotherapy treatment was just walking around nervous and she found a rock at random,” said Terri Durham of Putnam County Family Support Services. “It said ‘you got this’ and she said it made all the difference in the world."

Those who create the art said they aren’t designed to make miracles happen but can uplift the community.

"A lot of things are tough going on in the community,” said Rachel Jern. “I think it is important to promote resiliency. People go through a lot of difficult times, but they make it through especially if we work together as a community."

The gardens can be seen at the Summerfield Healthcare Center in Cloverdale, the Putnam County Hospital, Roachdale library, and the Lifebuilder Community Church.

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