Give EVERY family in Uvalde, TX a Heart Rock

Hi, my name is Tom, "The Heart Rock Guy". I'm a Utah-based motivational speaker and stone carver.

The Story:
Three years ago, I was a teacher in a small community that was shaken by several deaths by suicide. I began carving heart rocks to give my students a physical reminder that they matter and are loved. They gave away their heart rocks and asked for more.
That's when I realized that a heart rock is either a personal reminder that you matter, or a tool for compassion, and both uses are HUGELY impactful!

The Goal:
Help me provide the Uvalde, TX community with enough heart rocks for its members to give a heart rock and a message of love and support to every single family in the entire city.

How I will Accomplish the Goal:
I estimate they will need around 6,000 heart-shaped rocks to give one to each family. As of June 2022, I have fundraised enough to donate 1,464 heart rocks.
I am coordinating with Uvalde's religious congregations and community welfare groups to distribute the heart rocks. We will divide the city into blocks and go door to door saying something like this:
"Here are a bunch of hand-carved heart-shaped rocks that have been donated to our community. We are using them as physical reminders that you matter and are loved. Would you like to choose one for your family?"
Then we'll allow the family some space to choose their heart rock, and naturally, meaningful conversations will arise between the families and the volunteers. Both will be strengthened by the interaction.

The Why:
I know that heart rocks make a difference when used as a tool for compassion. They open doors and begin meaningful conversations, then remind individuals that they matter and are loved.
In the last two years, I have hand-carved over 21,000 heart-shaped rocks and individually given away most of them to remind people that they matter and are loved. Families in all 50 States and over 50 countries have heart rocks reminding them that they matter.

How I will Use the Funds:
With the funds raised from this GoFundMe, I will hand-carve the heart rocks, personally deliver them to the Uvalde community, and coordinate the distribution.
I will continue to leverage my social media and farmers markets to fundraise towards the 6,000 heart rock goal. I hope to far exceed the goal and perhaps even be able to give one or more heart rocks to every person in Uvalde--wouldn't that be AMAZING!

How You Can Help:
Please consider donating to give one heart rock to one family in Uvalde, TX.
If you know anyone who may be interested in supporting this campaign, please share this information with them.
I will continually post updates here and on my Instagram: TakeHeartCreativeStudio.
Thank you, and Take Heart,
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