You might hear Westport middle schooler Samantha Henske’s latest idea — sending rocks to friends — and think she has rocks in her head.
Then you hear the concept behind it:
- You buy a rock for $10, to let a friend know you’re thinking of them.
- The friend loves the rock (inscribed “Inspire kindness,” “See good in all things,” with a smiley face, or a custom design), and sends one of her own to another friend.
- You both enter a special code (unique to those rocks) into Sammi’s website, and track that chain as it spreads all over the country.
- You smile as you learn that the rocks are called “Huggs” — so Sammi is helping send hugs everywhere.
Then you hear that most of the proceeds go to charity — the first one Sammi’s chosen is Westport’s own Al’s Angels — and you realize she does not have rocks in her head at all.
Just a brain that has come up with a simple, fun idea that brings smiles to friends, and sunlight to strangers.
At a time we desperately need all the joy we can get.