Resident Ruth Hieronymus had an idea to share some happiness.
She had just discovered the Heart Hunters group on Facebook. Founded by a Galesburg, Illinois resident just this March, the page had quickly grew to over 100,000 members who were encouraged to share pictures of hearts for inspiration during the “new normal.”
Ruth came to Janell Woolard, our community liaison. “She originally had the idea of painting the rocks red and putting them into a heart formation to share on our Facebook page,” said Janell.
Inspired by Ruth’s idea – and her passion – Janell soon brought together other TVC residents, who began painting brightly colored stones, not just for the TCV Facebook page, but also to place all around Lincoln for people to discover.
This inspirational project then took another turn: a contest to help support local businesses.
Special stones were marked with #TCVCARES, along with sweet messages, and placed around town. When someone found one of the stones, they took a picture of it and had a chance to win gift certificates.
When the first photo of a red rock with the word “Hope” was posted, it brought tears to Ruth’s eyes. A two-time cancer survivor, she delights in bringing joy to others.
“I have loved every day I have been at TCV. I enjoy doing little projects that make others happy and coming up with ideas to spread that happiness,” she said.