Tuesday, November 30th
Giving Tuesday is a global movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. Each year the Giving Tuesday movement encourages individuals to learn more about non-profits and make a commitment to creating a brighter future.
Ben’s Bells teaches individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and inspires people to practice kindness as a way of life. This year you will hear from our youngest kindness ambassadors and learn how Ben’s Bells programs are making a difference in our communities. Ben’s Bells programs are based on the belief that everyone has the capacity to be kind and that kindness can be cultivated through education, visual reminders, and ongoing practice.
Invest in creating kinder communities this Giving Tuesday and every day by making a donation to Ben’s Bells.
What does kindness mean to you?
Ben’s Bells interviewed kids of all ages to find out what kindness means to them. We were overjoyed to hear their responses and how well they understood the meaning of being kind. Their responses included treating others the way you want to be treated, brightening someone else’s mood, and providing a helping hand.
Kindness is a skill set that can be practiced and that is why Ben’s Bells offers Kind Campus programming for free to all schools. Kind Campus is an innovative, school-based program that educates students, faculty, and staff about the benefits of kindness, and then empowers them to create a culture of kindness in their school and beyond.
As part of Ben’s Bells Kind Campus programming, schools are encouraged to install murals as visual reminders to be kind. Recently, United Healthcare graciously sponsored a Be Kind flower mural at Los Amigos Academy. The school has been embracing kindness and enjoys learning about how kindness affects their health, how we see people, and how we get along. They have even created kindness monsters that the students make as a way to reward each other for being kind. View the full story from KVOA News HERE.
When you make a donation to Ben’s Bells, you are investing in teaching kindness in schools and creating a kinder community.
Why do you think kindness is important?
Kindness is important to make the world a better place. Ben’s Bells interviewed kids of all ages and they shared why they think kindness is important. They recognized that acts of kindness not only boost our self-esteem, but bring us all happiness.
Ben’s Bells honors those who inspire us through Bellings. Whether it is your grocer, your child’s crossing guard, a co-worker, or a youth who is making a difference in our community through kindness, we celebrate their kindness by “belling” them. Throughout the year we get dozens of submissions from people who are making our communities better places to live, like Grace, a 5th grader at Estes Elementary.
After learning about different musical paths students could choose, including band, orchestra, and general music, Grace noticed a few of her classmates were sad. When she asked them why, she found out that their families could not afford to rent or purchase instruments. Determined to make sure each student had a choice, Grace went home and started making bracelets. She sold them for $3 each and raised over $600!
When you make a donation to Ben’s Bells, you are recognizing the kind acts in our communities and empowering people to take action by recognizing and celebrating kindness.
What is the hardest thing about being kind?
Being kind does not always come easy. Ben’s Bells interviewed kids of all ages and asked what was the hardest part about being kind. They did a great job describing how it can be difficult to be kind when you are in a bad mood or when someone gets on your nerves. It can also be difficult to say sorry or give someone a second chance.
Practicing intentional acts of kindness creates the skills that we need to create a kinder world. Ben’s Bells shares a variety of tools for kindness on our website. These tools include monthly kindness calendars, Kind Notes, Thank You Notes, I’m Sorry Notes, and tips for kind discussions. There are also fun activities that include coloring pages, DIY superhero masks, and how to make your own paper Bell. Each tool is inspired by the original tool for kindness, the Ben’s Bell. These tools make a difference in how we treat ourselves and others, like for this individual:
“My boyfriend and I recently went for a hike at the Painted Hills Trailhead in Tucson. We happened to park right next to a tree where a bell was hanging in a deserted parking lot. As I read the note attached to it, it reminded me of how I used to be more kind to others. I remembered how good it felt to lend a helping hand and how my experiences with unkind people had started to change me. This special bell was a gift that touched my heart. Thank you for your kindness!”
When you make a donation to Ben’s Bells, you are ensuring we have the supplies needed to create tools for kindness, including Ben’s Bells.
Why do you think people should practice kindness?
Ben’s Bells interviewed kids of all ages and asked why we should practice kindness. It was amazing to hear their understanding of the importance of continuing to practice and grow their kindness skills.
One way Ben’s Bells practices kindness is by distributing our signature floral Bells. Each Bell contains a tag that reminds the finder to practice intentional acts of kindness. Individuals who find a Bell may take them home as a visual reminder to be kind, give it to a friend or family member in need of kindness, or rehang the Bell for someone else to find. No matter what they decide, we encourage them to share their story with us. Throughout the year we hear many heartwarming stories of how a small act of kindness touched someone’s life, like this one:
“What a rough day at work… I stepped outside to call my wife and cry. The stress was unbearable. As I was walking along Roosevelt and 3rd street I was pruning the small leaves off of the newly planted trees to help them grow tall and crying on the phone as we discussed my pain. Hanging on a tree was a beautiful Ben’s Bell. I was in awe as my wife told me the story. More tears, now hopeful, I removed it and brought it home to hang with all my chimes in my backyard that brings me joy everyday. Now… I have hope.”
When you make a donation to Ben’s Bells, you are ensuring we have the supplies to continue to make Bells and distribute them in our communities.
About Giving Tuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Join the movement and give – each Tuesday and every day – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.
It’s a simple idea: whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.
Learn more at www.givingtuesday.org