Syracuse, N.Y. — Regan Shetsky would have turned 4 in March. But she is forever 3.
Shetsky was killed in a car accident Jan. 4 in the parking lot of her preschool.
Her parents, Kelly and Mark, are asking people to spread kindness in Regan’s memory. They started a Facebook page, Regan’s Acts of Kindness, shortly after her death. And now they are asking people to leave painted rocks for strangers to find.
They are teaming up with 315 Rocks, a Facebook group for kindness rock hiders and discoverers in Central New York.
Kindness rocks have been growing in popularity across the nation: people paint rocks with encouraging messages or images, then leave them someplace for a stranger to find.
“This is the perfect way for us to spread Regan’s joy,” Kelly Shetsky said. Regan loved arts and crafts, and would have delighted in finding the painted rocks her parents are encouraging others to find, her mother said.
Shetsky asked that people note the address of Regan’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/regansactsofkindness. She also is asking that people take pictures of the rocks they hide and the rocks they find. The photos will be shared between Regan’s page and the 315 Rocks page.
Regan’s family has also donated playground equipment to Holy Cross School in DeWitt and created Regan’s Corner at the Wild Animal Park in Chittenango. Shetsky said more projects in her daughter’s name are underway.
Regan’s father, Syracuse firefighter Mark Shetsky, was also injured when the car hit his daughter. He was holding her hand. He has since recovered from his injuries.
Regan’s family has created Regan’s Corner at The Wild Animal Park in Chittenango and donated playground equipment to Holy Cross School in DeWitt. More projects are underway.