Vincent W. Puckett took his life on Monday, May 1st of 2017. Vincent "left" this world as a result of bullying while in middle school. Our mission is to spread kindness along with suicide and bullying awareness. I, his mother formed Vincent’s Legacy while watching my eldest sister Amanda and my daughter, Lily, paint rocks on our front porch. They had painted so many that they began hiding them around our community of Mount Airy, NC. Sparking them to be posted on social media and then the rocks began to travel. A small rock was bringing joy to others and reminding them to be kind. I made a Facebook page for Vincent’s rocks to be posted on and soon we had over a thousand followers. This kindness movement that began on our porch was taking a life of its own. Spreading kindness all over the world, Vincent is traveling and making a difference, his voice is being heard. “We are more alike than we are different”, I hear him saying. This was one of his favorite quotes by Charles Darwin and has become our motto.
Vincent’s Legacy has already placed 6 kindness ROCK gardens-1 at Tharrington Elementary in Mount Airy NC, 1 at Jones Intermediate in Mount Airy, NC, 1 at Mount Airy Middle in Mount Airy NC, 1 at Mount Airy High in Mount Airy NC, 1 at Elkin High School in Elkin NC and 1 at Waynesville community center in Waynesville Missouri. With plans to place more with each school year.
Vincent’s Legacy also has Kindness rocks that have traveled to more than 40 states, also to Canada, Australia, Russia, and Rome just to name a few also with the help of Dr. Phillip Brown to Beijing, Mrs. Penny Willard to Iceland and Mr. Kevin Joyce to the Dominican Republic. Vincent’s Legacy has an office space in downtown Mount Airy, NC located beside the Earl Theater that we lovingly refer to as HQ. This space is happy and filled with Vincent’s belongings. It’s a space that is open to our youth and their parents, welcoming them to not only paint rocks but to JUST BE, read a book, talk, swing in a hammock, sit in the sun or just reflect
My nightmare though ever present is quieter at times. My goal is to have a Vincent rock in every town, city, state and country, and to put Mount Airy, NC on the map as the kindest town in the USA. Vincent left on his journey in 2017 and look how much he has accomplished already. So I have no doubt that our mission will happen and that kindness will prevail because if you have Kindness first then how can you have hate.
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