By Heather Bennett
With all that is going on in the world today, and the ever-depressing news, Kristi Rockwell and Cameron Tharp of Rockwell Tharp Ladies Boutique wanted to bring some positivity to the community, and we are sharing their story to bring a smile to your faces and hopefully inspire you to carry out other acts of kindness.
Since Rockwell Tharp had to temporarily shut its doors at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin during the safer-at-home order, Kristi and Cameron wanted to use their down time to do good for others. They paired up with the owners of Hartell’s and The Village of Baytowne Wharf to bring hot lunch and Easter bags filled with candies, eggs, spiritual and inspirational notes to the doctors and nurses in ICU and Med-Surg at Sacred Heart Hospital in Miramar Beach.
“Our company decided we didn’t want to just sit back and watch things happen. We wanted to be proactive. We wanted to do something for others,” said Kristi Rockwell. “We were honored that Hartell’s and The Village of Baytowne agreed to come on board and join us,” agreed Kristi and Cameron.
They were able to deliver 25 lunches and Easter bags on Good Friday to the day shift, with some also made for the evening shift. Kristi and Leighann Elliot, the event planner at The Village of Baytowne, filled the bags with Easter eggs of candy, cards and notes that contained positive affirmations and scripture, and the owners of Hartell’s, Jamie and Michael Sobel, delivered their Krispy Krunchy Chicken straight from the restaurant to the hospital.
“We feel like it’s an honor and privilege to help others,” said Cameron Tharp. Rockwell Tharp is a faith-based company, and plans to keep giving in any way they can, hoping they inspire acts of kindness in others.
Kristi and Cameron live inside Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and have a standing invitation to their neighbors in the community to reach out if they need help getting groceries, picking up medication or other errands. “If you don’t want to get out, we’ll do it for you,” said Cameron. “We’re saying, we’re here for you if you need it, confidentially and without hesitation.”
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