Kat Lehmann’s “Ripples of Kindness” project is a way to put something good into the world, just by doing it.
Kat places free, signed copies of her book “Small Stones from the River” in public parks and other public spaces around the United States for strangers to find. Kat (or one of her “book fairies”) takes a photo of the book in its location and Kat announces it on her social media channels (@SongsOfKat on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) with the hashtag #SSFTR. The times she has returned to the spot 5-10 minutes later, the book is gone!
In addition to leaving physical copies of the book, hundreds of bookmarks with poems from the books have been given away, and hundreds of free e-book copies of the “Small Stones from the River” have been released around the world through free Amazon downloads. The project is supported by a portion of the proceeds from “Small Stones from the River” sales, so the project also provides a means to express gratitude to readers on a broad scale.
Kat believes we all have the power to put goodness, kindness, and compassion into the world just by doing it. It can be as simple as leaving a book of positivity on a bench and walking away. It might be exactly what a stranger needs to shift their day and keep the ripple of kindness rippling.
What began as a decision to leave five signed copies in public spaces for people to find has grown into a national project, with books left in:
- New Jersey
- Washington, DC
Ripples in progress:
- Lake Bled, Slovenia
- Vienna, Austria
- Venice, Italy
- New York
The first international “Ripple of Kindness” was recently left in Amsterdam!