"Take heart; you matter, you are seen, you are loved, and you are not alone.

Heart Rocks Are Tools for Spreading Love and Compassion.

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Why Heart Rocks?

In 2019, my brother-in-law died by suicide. Since then, I have dedicated my life to helping prevent death by suicide. I do it with heart rocks.

I have made 23,723 heart rocks.

It is only a rock until someone uses love and compassion to transform it into a powerful reminder that someone matters, is seen, loved, and not alone.

The human connection heart rocks create, and the reminder, THIS saves lives.

I flood schools and communities with heart rocks, and good people transform them.

My goal is to have a million heart rocks in distribution within three years.

Featured collection

  • Heart Rock Necklace with a Sterling Silver Chain
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  • 2 Howlite Heart Rock Keychains
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  • Pink Crazy Lace Agate Heart Rocks
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  • Tom's Choice Mix Heart Rocks
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  • Maligno Jasper Heart Rocks
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  • 5 Wonderstone Heart Rocks
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  • Donate Heart Rocks to families in Uvalde, TX
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  • Banded Carnelian Heart Rocks
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  • White Lace Agate Heart Rocks
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My Story. My Mission.

My Story:

Several years ago, I lived in Ocean Shores, Washington. I taught high school Spanish and collected naturally shaped heart rocks on the beach.

One particularly rainy winter, our small community was shaken by several deaths by suicide. I found a naturally shaped heart rock on the beach and decided to give it to one of my students. Then I thought, "I want to give all of my students a heart rock." I bought a little tile saw and began making my own heart rocks.

As soon as I had enough natural and homemade heart rocks, I brought them to school and let my students choose their favorites to be their personal reminders that they matter and are loved.

After school that day, many students returned to my classroom and said they had given away their heart rocks and asked for more. They began naming the people they wanted to give them to.

I realized in that moment that heart rocks are not only powerful personal reminders but also tools for compassion. 

I began carving hundreds of heart rocks, and my students gave them away.

A few months later, my family was touched by suicide.

I moved home to Utah to support my little sister, and I brought my heart rocks with me. I determined I would do everything in my power to prevent suicides in Utah. I realize not all suicides are preventable, but I believe that giving people simple, frequent reminders that they matter and are loved can help.

And so it began. 

My Mission:

My goal is to have 1 Million heart rocks being distributed in Utah schools within the next three years.

In the past two years, I have carved over 23,723 heart rocks, and created a collective of stone carvers to help me make nearly 30,000 more.

I have donated tens of thousands of heart rocks to schools, hospitals, recovery centers, nursing homes, counseling centers, and many non-profit organizations. 

In Oct 2022, I went to Uvalde, TX and distributed 10,000 heart rocks.

Families in all 50 states and in 57+ countries use my heart rocks as reminders that they matter and are loved. 

Here and Now

I am now a full-time motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and stone carver.

I have dozens of school, church, and community events scheduled.

I am working daily to train and build my collective of stone carvers. All of them are onboard with the suicide prevention mission.

I am training volunteers to manage Take Heart booths at their local community markets, and to flood their schools and community with heart rocks.

I am increasing my reach with social media and improving my website and online resources.

I am contacting schools and offering them heart rocks.

How You Can Help:

Invite me to your school, church, community, or organization.

Donate to one of my GoFundMe campaigns.

Volunteer to manage a Take Heart booth at your local farmer's market or event.

My Belief

I believe that good people using heart rocks as tools to spread love and compassion save lives, one at a time. I am aware of dozens of potential deaths by suicide prevented with heart rocks creating human connection.

Take Heart,

Tom Ballard

Help Me Give EVERY Person in Uvalde, TX a Heart Rock

In October 2022, I delivered and distributed 8,000 heart rocks. I've since mailed another 2,000.

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  • Dugway Geodes

  • Carved February 2022
  • Ocean Jasper

  • 300 Donated to Davis HS
  • Agates I pulled from the Ocean

  • Carved March 2022
  • Bahia Agates

  • Carved on my birthday, March 21, 2022
  • Ocean Jasper

  • 1000 Donated to Corner Canyon HS
  • Pink Dyed Brazilian Agates

  • Carved February 2022

Dugway Geodes

Carved February 2022

Ocean Jasper

300 Donated to Davis HS

Agates I pulled from the Ocean

Carved March 2022

Bahia Agates

Carved on my birthday, March 21, 2022

Ocean Jasper

1000 Donated to Corner Canyon HS

Pink Dyed Brazilian Agates

Carved February 2022

Heart Rocks are Powerful Reminders

The heart is a unique shape because our culture attaches strong meaning to it.

You have the power to transform it from a pretty rock into a powerful reminder by intentionally assigning meaning to it.

Such a beautiful way to share with someone you love and let them know they matter.

Ingrid Ivins

These rocks are beautiful. I will be buying them again!

Leslie Ashby

Beautiful rocks and craftsmanship. Shipped quickly. Can't wait to share with loved ones!

Liana

Where to Find Me

Email me to know which upcoming local markets I will be attending.

Motivational Speaking

Invite me to be a guest speaker at your school, business, or organization. I'll share my heart rock inception story, experiences I've had spreading them, and insights about preventing suicide with simple, frequent reminders that people matter.

Custom Carving

Have a special rock you would like me to carve into a heart for you? Send me an email.