your stories

Kim N writes …

Hi, I just found a Ben's Bell at my apartment complex. I was sitting in my apartment and heard the bell, and went out to the patio and looked around and I saw it hanging from a tree so I went to retrieve it. I started spreading kindness throughout the world on January 1, 2017 by giving police officers a handwritten thank you card to thank them for everything they do to protect our communities, and I also give them a police prayer card to keep them safe. Since 1/1/17 I have given out thousands of cards, and I also mail them to different states. I have given Tucson Police Department cards, Brush Colorado Police Department cards, sent cards to Coral Springs Florida, North Carolina, and other various police stations. Finding this Ben's Bell today means to me that my journey of thanking police officers is spreading kindness throughout the world, and just reminds me that I am blessed to have found this bell, and able to give thanks to others! Thank you Ben's Bell for inspiring me to promote kindness and for being there (with the sound of the bell) when you need that extra push to keep on going!

Posted on April 17, 2018

Michelle J writes …

As I was strolling through the beautiful McDowell Mountains neighborhood to cross over to the Gateway trails for my weekly hike and as I was deep in thought something made me look up. As I neared my destination the sight of a cute colorful flower chime hanging from a tree caught my attention. I had to investigate. I loved how it dangled from the tree with the majestic mountains in the background. I read what the little note said but was not sure if the neighbors had put it there to decorate the tree because it really looked like it belonged there! I had never heard of Ben's Bells and was hesitant to take it, not sure if if was meant for me. But interestingly enough I remembered my daily mediation of the day was on kindness. I smiled and just decided to leave it there on the tree where it seemed happy.

Today as I did my daily lunch meditation, I could not help but think about that bell and wondered if it was still there maybe I would take it home with me, maybe the universe was sending me some good vibes and a sign. I have been going through a major difficult change and transition with my job that I love and it has stirred up a lot of stress, anxiety and feelings of uncertainty and at times feelings of loneliness. Today as I struggled to grapple with my emotions and feelings I took a chance and swung over to the tree spot to see if the kind bell was still there and indeed it was. I came right back to work and googled up the website and read about Ben's story and some other people's stories and it brought tears to my eyes and a smile. Thank for helping me to feel not so alone and sharing a lovely gift that made my day.

P.S. the tree appreciated it too! :)

Posted on April 12, 2018

Katelynn C writes …

After a stressful day, I was leaving work and saw something hanging from a tree I was parked next to. I had seen Ben’s Bells on the news months earlier and thought to myself “Oh my gosh, that’s a Ben’s Bell!!” With excitement I walked over and sure enough, it was. It totally changed my mood and made my day! I called my mom and she shared my excitement. It really makes you think of ways to pay it forward, and has inspired me to promote kindness, even in small ways everyday.

Posted on April 10, 2018

Sam Stainbrook writes …

On Saturday, March 31st, I was meeting a friend at Phoenix Theatre. I passed up several parking spaces to be near a tree. My friend was several minutes late and I sat in my car playing a game on my phone. When he arrived, I gathered my things and stepped out of the car and there it was. I had found a Ben's Bell. I knew right away what it was. You will never understand my excitement. I never thought I would actually find one. I have seen several news stories over the years regarding the bells, but how high the odds were of ever finding one. I have told many friends of my good fortune, but none of them knew about Ben's Bells. I appreciate your wonderful gift. It definitely made my day.

Posted on April 6, 2018

Ginger & Kevin Hansen writes …

Our twin granddaughters passed away at birth from Twin to Twin transfusion. Our daughter came up with this event....#Play4PiperandPaisley . Every year we celebrate our twin angel granddaughters, Piper & Paisley's Heavenly Birthday by leaving gifts at a park with a tag which tells a little about Twin to Twin transfusion and how we would love for other kids to celebrate their birthdays with us! There's also info on it that they could post on social media if they wanted to share the celebration after finding the gift! Our little Angels would've been 4 years old today! While walking through the park I noticed a wind chime hanging in a tree we walked by and told my husband about it. He told me to go read it and found it to be Ben's Bells beautiful Act of Kindness wind chime. Of course we took it home with us and thought what a special gift for us on such a special day!! We will keep it forever! To top it all off the kids who found the gifts we left were TWINS!! God is amazing!

Posted on April 2, 2018

Casey writes …

I work for Hospice of the Valley at their inpatient unit Eckstein Center in Scottsdale..I was coming out of a patients room at 2:00a.m. I was walking down the hall and there it was!!!!! outside hanging on the fence rail!!!! I felt immediate gratitude to be the one to find the Bens Bell!!!! We were just talking 1 day ago about volunteering to make Bens Bells!!!...I believe in signs and if we just listen and look they are all over! with this job we (employees and volunteers) are always asked "how can you do this type of work??? Easy!!! Just be Kind!
Its an Honor always to care for someone who cannot care for themselves. We meet so many wonderful patients and Families. I once told a patient "you are the nicest person ever" and she told me "oh honey...its so much easier to be kind then mean"....I carry and repeat her words often.
I will leave my Bens Bell hanging in our unit for awhile to help all who see remember to spread kindness!
How cool is it that I found a BensBell!!!! yay for me!

Posted on April 1, 2018

Natalie Thares writes …

My husband had to take a trip to Aberdeen SD yesterday. We live in North Lemmon North Dakota, (across the tracks from Lemmon, SD) We like to stop in this messy old rest stop outside Mobridge SD. He did yesterday and found a Bens Bell. This meant a lot to us. My daughter has Be Kind tattooed on her arm, and we all work towards that.
I love your program for schools, I am a lunch lady and any kindness program works for me. Thanks for what you do and now Ben will also live in our house and hearts. Natalie

Posted on March 22, 2018

William(Bill) Tritz writes …

I recently pulled up to the Tucson library and saw before me an odd thing hanging on a bush. I thought to myself some kid left an art project. I went over and found it was a Ben's Bells. What a wonderful surprise. I came to Tucson 13 years ago struggling with a co-occurring illnesses. Addiction and Bi-polar. I have been clean and mentally stable for a year and 2 months and 25 days. Im getting ready to attend the U of A Recovery Support Specialist Institute. My life is improving and I am helping others in recovery. Thanks BENSBELLS !!!

Posted on March 6, 2018

Cherie Kirschbaum writes …

 

Thank you for doing what you do to raise awareness Hello,
It has been almost a year since we moved to Tucson and I am seeing where life leads me next. Over the holidays my husband and I took our grandchildren to the Tucson Museum of Art. As we turned into the parking lot, my 7 yr old granddaughter, said STOP, there's a Ben's Bell. So as she was pulling it from the tree, I asked what that was and so I learned about Ben's Bells. I then asked her about all of the KIND logo's I've seen and once again, she provided information. She then said, it is important to be kind! Thank you for helping us all remeber that kindness is essential.

 

 

Posted on February 19, 2018

J R WILSON writes …

I WAS WAITING FOR MY WIFE TO FINISH HER MASSAGE,TAKES ABOUT AN HOUR. THE DOG AND I USUALLY FOR FOR A WALK.WE HAVE BEEN COMING TO THIS BUSINESS FOR YEARS.I WAS WALKING WITH DOG, RUDY AROUND SOME TREES. I SPIED SOMETHING HANGING IN THE TREE. I WENT OVER TO CHECK IT OUT. I READ THE NOTE ON IT AND WALKED AWAY. WHO LEAVES THINGS FOR FREE HANGING IN TREES? AFTER OUR WALK I WENT BACK TO SEE IF IT WAS STILL THERE. STILL THERE SO I DECIDED TO TAKE IT. I ALSO LEFT A DONATION WIRED TO THE TREE. I TOOK IT HOME AND HUNG IT FROM A TREE IN OUR FRONT YARD. ALL MY NEIGHBORS HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT IT. I HOPE TO SEE MORE BEN'S BELLS IN OUR AREA. I LIVE IN BOISE IDAHO.

Posted on February 8, 2018

Jane Grethel writes …

Loved receiving a beautiful ornament in the mail from my friend Jerry in Tucson.
I am sending a donation in his name. I live in Bonita Springs Florida, passing the bell on to my grandson Ben in Loveland Ohio. I wonder how far it will travel!

Posted on January 3, 2018

Kenya Eckhaiser writes …

Today me and my best friend were out on a long drive up towards The Black Canyon Dam. Coming back through the area going through star headed towards Nampa on the left hand side there is a little Park where folks normally go fishing and they're doing some work we had pulled over just to look up an address. It was a gentleman and had blocked us in and he told us to drive around because it's a drive-thru Loop. We turned the corner and it was oh so cool to see a Ben's Bell hanging from a tree. About 7 or 8 years ago my kids had found one at a park but instead of bringing it home and hanging it they put it on somebody else's porch just to give him a little sunshine in their life. Today when I found Ben's Bell I love the sound it makes but it also made me feel very happy and loving inside and the cool thing is that one of my favorite things is butterflies and there is a butterfly on this one and it's bright orange and the bell sounds amazing such a day it will go on my front porch as well thank you for having these out brought a smile to my face especially when the holidays can be rough.

Posted on December 12, 2017

Jan and Jim Brockett writes …

How wonderful...my wife Jan and I were doing our morning walk through Kliener Park in Meridian, Idaho on Monday morning December 4th when we spotted a bright, sunny yellow flower hanging from a winter bare tree branch...we were compelled to investigate. What a wondrous surprise. What an inspiring message. Now we cannot walk past that tree without our hearts smiling. Ben's bell is now hanging in our front porch entry to inspire and delight all who visit our home.

Jan and Jim

Posted on December 6, 2017

Andrea Koenig writes …

My family was walking through Municipal Park in Boise heading to the MK Nature Center. Ben's Bell was hanging on a tree right outside the entrance. The bright yellow of the flower caught my eye and I read the note. It made me smile to think of it, but I decided to leave it for someone else. As we were heading out a different exit of the Nature Center, my daughter asked to go back to see the rainbow trout. We just happened to exit through the same entrance. My son then spotted the Ben's Bell and was so excited about the note that he insisted we take it home to hang outside. We were all excited to read the note and research the history of Ben's Bells. Thank you for hanging these in places. It is delightful to find a rare treasure like this.

Posted on November 25, 2017

Sandy Paulos writes …

I found one of Ben's Bells hanging from a tree on a beautiful autumn day last weekend while out running. I stopped and read the note but wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first sight. I loved the message and thought I would leave it there so someone else could come along and be as happily surprised as I was.

The more I thought about it on my run I told myself it was if it was still there an hour later on my way back, I would bring it home and enjoy it for a while before hanging it on a tree branch for someone else to find and enjoy.

When I got home, I hung the bell on my front gate and Googled Ben's Bells. I read about little Ben's story and his family's commitment to spread kindness and love throughout the world despite the very tragic loss of their beautiful little boy. I want you to know that I subscribe wholeheartedly to the philosophy of random acts of kindness to make this world a better place for everyone.

Now more than ever it's important to focus on the positive and the good in the world. So every day when I go out my front gate and I hear the little bell ring, I smile and think of little Ben and all of the joy he's spreading throughout the world despite his short time here on earth.

Just know I promise to pay the kindness forward.

All the best to you and your group,
Sandy

Posted on November 12, 2017

Dana writes …

My husband and I found our Ben's Bell in Hawaii as we where on our last day of our honeymoon. I spotted this Ben's Bell in a bush on our way to the pool as we were talking about how we were so sad that tomorrow we had to leave Hawaii and just feeling really sad about the whole thing. My husband thought it was so cool as he loves little bells to hang and wind chimes and was excited about taking it home. We had never heard of Ben's Bell and thought it looked really cool. When we got back to our room we looked up what Ben's Bells was and was so inspired. We will be taking this back home with us to the state of South Carolina and it will always remind us to be kind.

Posted on November 11, 2017

Tara Baumann writes …

So on Halloween day my 7 year old son and I were at the park and we were arguing and I told him it was time to go in. He decided to walk the other way then me and as I was about to go in I heard him call me. He said hurry Mom I found something and it was a Ben’s Bell. Immediately after reading it he apologized and we hugged. Then we cried together as we researched about the bells. He then decided to hang it on his bed. Then last night on our nightly walk I for some weird reason crossed the street where I never cross and put my hand on the tree. Low and behold I had set my hand on a Ben’s Bell! My son and I are the only two in our community that have found one. What are the chances of that! I have pictures but I don’t know how to post them. We are so grateful to whoever had blessed us with these gifts

Posted on November 8, 2017

Victoria writes …

I woke up yesterday from another tormenting dream. These dreams are so real that I wake up feeling nauseated and depressed. My husband died 5 years ago, and I sometimes have these dreams of not connecting with him, of him ignoring me or turning away from me. The feelings and emotions are extremely real and the episodes leave me so sad and with an aching heart. Needless to say I did not have a good or happy start of my day.

I was feeling solemn and still sad while taking a walk in the resort I’m visiting in Scottsdale. During this walk I was blessed to discover the gift of Bens Bells. I had to read it twice before I got brave enough to take it with me. I had no idea of who or what Bens Bells was, but I felt a glimmer of being happy. As I continued to walk I was overcome with the emotion that my husband had played a part in me discovering the gift. I just knew it was meant for me.

I can’t express my gratitude for the precious gift which helped me remember I am loved and taken care of too. It changed my day, brought a freshness to my soul, and reminded me how special I am.

I love the quote from Paramahansa Yogananda about kindness. He too is looking out for me as he always has done. I am so blessed. I WILL pay it forward in kindness.

I sincerely thank you for the gift.

Posted on October 31, 2017

Foothills Animal Rescue writes …

Our staff was surprised to find a beautiful bell hanging on one of the trees in front of our Brynne Smith Memorial Campus and Adoption Center in Scottsdale. This was the sweetest surprise! We moved the bell closer to our front door so that potential adopters can see it as they enter our shelter.

One of our adoptable kitties, Marcus, has Feline Leukemia and cannot be exposed to cats who do not have the disease. Our volunteers like to take him outside in a special (and secure) cat stroller so that he can get some fresh air. Now Marcus can also enjoy the bell.

Thanks To Ben's Bells and the special person who left it for us.

Posted on October 31, 2017

Cheryl Howell writes …

Today I took a walk over the bridge on the 101 between 59th and 67th ave in Glendale . I was looking for a little inspiration and this is the bridge that we locked heart locks in honor of my son Austen that passed away. I was deep in thought reflecting on my journey and what direction I should take moving forward , when I saw this beautiful wind chime hanging on the bridge fence. I walked closer to it and read the message on it. It made me smile as I lifted it off the fence and placed it in my bag. I found a place to sit so that I could use my phone to look up where ben’s bells originated. I was moved by the website and the message that radiated from it. I immediately purchased tickets for the talk that just happens to be 4 days from now in the Phoenix area! I was looking for inspiration today and I certainly found it. I look forward to seeing where I can become a part of ben’s bells. Such a beautiful message to spread ~

Posted on October 30, 2017

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