Mather employees entering or leaving the hospital can now pick up a little inspiration in the form of a painted rock. The project dubbed “Hope Rocks” provides small hand-painted rocks by the main, ASU and Security entrances thanks to the creative talents of some community members.

Messages such as “hope,” “spread love,” “believe” and “brighter days ahead” on the rocks are meant to bring a little comfort to employees. A sign with each rock displays reads “Take what you need.”

“I’m so grateful for every frontline worker risking their life during this crisis,” said Riverhead High School junior Madison Santini, who initiated the idea as a community service project for Mather Hospital.  “I’m so glad to have brought just a little positivity to brighten their day.”

Mather employees were touched by the gesture and took the messages that resonated with them. Anyone wishing to contribute to the project can leave painted rocks with positive messages in the bin outside of the Public Affairs office at 815 Hallock Avenue.