your stories

Liz writes …

Found a bell hanging on the palo verde tree in the parking lot at Trade Joe’s (Tucson). Who would do that? It wasn’t there when I parked. Was it for me? I got out of the car and read the card. I’ve been a reader/follower of Paramahansa Yogananda ‘s work since I was 15. This morning I had just asked for guidance….and there it was on the tree! Thank you.

Posted on April 24, 2015

Jodette writes …

I found my bell Easter day in Jamestown NC.
I was actually feeling a bit lonely since my family lives in other states.
When I found the bell and read the kindness card I felt a loving reminder...I am not alone. I truly wanted to say thank you...whoever left them their. You made my day!!!

Posted on April 19, 2015

Sallie writes …

Found a Ben's Bell this morning in Greensboro, NC. I have much apprehension surrounding changes in my life, and this was an amazing boost for me. I will hang this as a reminder to ground myself, and reset my intentions based in kindness. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the random LOVE today!!! I didn't realize how much I needed this….

Posted on April 18, 2015

Carole writes …

The most amazing occurrence happened to us this week! I have followed the story of Ben's Bells Project for quite some time:))) I ordered a mini Ben's Bells (since a true Ben's Bell can only be found~not purchased) to honor my precious dearly departed Mom whom was the kindest-hearted soul. On the day I received it and placed it in the just right place in our back yard, we decided to take our dog for a walk in our local town park. Lo and behold, it was a God moment as we found an original Ben's Bells left with a note of kindness. It was a faith deepening experience on the timing and the rare chance of us ever seeing a Ben's Bells in our little town of Jamestown, NC. My most sincere gratitude for the message mission of intentional kindness that you have shared with my family. Sending you Ben's Bells Blessings!

Posted on April 15, 2015

Mireya writes …

On 4/12/2015 I went to Mt. Lemmon to visit the site where my best friend's ashes were spread and on the top of Mt. Lemmon by the area where the sky lift turns around, my friend and I saw the Ben's Bell hanging from a pine tree. It was a wonderful surprise. I had heard so much about the bells but I thought that only a few people who were nominated got the bells.

I am so grateful to have found the Bell and I feel special. It made my day! I think this is wonderful way to honor the memory of Ben. God bless his family. He will never be forgotten.

Posted on April 13, 2015

Sandy Mcclurg, Star, Idaho writes …

On Thursday, I was at my parish, Holy Apostles Catholic Church, in our adoration chapel. I approached the chapel head down because of the glare from the setting sun. After my hour of prayer and meditating with Our Lord, I was returning to my car and there I saw my Ben's Bell. With spirits lifted I received this beautiful gift of some else's kindness.

I lost my husband and sister to cancer within a year of each other I'm often lonely no matter how many people are around me. But, I know every time I see this bell I will think of the gift that Ben's family has given to us all. God bless your family.

Posted on April 11, 2015

Linda Calandrella writes …

This story is really about our daughter...She is an adult now living in Boise. Her husband is on the road much of the week which makes her responsible for most of the day-to-day "stuff" of life, at times, overwhelming. They have two very involved daughters, ages 14 and 8, so she also spends much time in her car schlepping the kids of two such different ages to/from school and to their widely age-diverse activities. Today, she was also in physical therapy for severe back and leg pain (maybe brought on by stress???). As she described it to me, it was a "terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day", from the book of the same name, when she ran into the grocery store for one item, taking less than 5 minutes. Returned to her car, backed out against the median strip behind her where a tree was planted and saw what she thought might have been trash hanging from the tree, so was going to get it to put in the trash. As she got out, she realized that, instead, it was a beautiful Ben's Bell that lifted her spirits and changed the whole tone of her day. She not only called me from the car to tell me what a special gift she received in her day, but e-mailed us tonight with a picture of it hanging now in their backyard tree. She was listening to her little girl read Diary of a Wimpy Kid to her, while closing her eyes and thinking of her Ben's Bell! It is amazing how one act of kindness can bring such an amazing change from misery to joy in a day. Thank you, Jeannette, for creating continuing beauty in our world!

Posted on April 7, 2015

Robin McNally writes …

I found by bell in early February hanging from a tree near the Tuscon Convention Center. I was traveling alone and decided to walk back to my hotel when I saw this pretty thing hanging from a tree. I was delighted to read the tag that said I could keep it and took it down from the tree thinking how wonderful it was and feeling very lucky. As I walked further, I came upon a mosaic mural that read "all there is is kindness, kindness is all there is" I was blown away by the double message I received! Today I found someone had broken the flower on my bell, I was upset but had to remember the message that the bell gave in the first place.....I'll glue it back and keep it as a reminder to pay it forward. Thanks for giving me faith.

Posted on April 4, 2015

Julie Hasselberger writes …

On Saturday March 28, 2015, my husband John and I took our severely disabled son over to the Brookfield Y to have a swim in the therapy pool. Swimming is so good for him since he is confined to a wheelchair. I was having an exceptionally sad morning for reasons I can't recall, but it was snowing too.

It was so cold and windy as we were leaving after our swim. In the wind I caught the sound of a bell and saw a Ben's Bell hanging on a branch near the parking lot. I stood and stared at it for awhile. Living in Sandy Hook, I knew exactly what it was. My husband said he wasn't sure if I could take it, so I took it off the tree and went back inside to the desk. I told them that I found this outside, and that I didn't want to take it if it was there for a reason. The guy behind the desk smiled at me, "if you find one, you take it home. So its now yours."

I have it hanging in my kitchen and I stare at it. I am so grateful that I found that bell and for everything it represents. Not only do I have a severely disabled medically fragile son, but I suffer from depression and fibromyalgia. Whoever placed that bell there, gave my heart such a boost of love on a freezing cold snowy day in March.

Thank you.

Posted on April 1, 2015

Jocelyn Ciardulli writes …

I am at a very difficult point in my life, needing to make some life changing decisions that are anything but easy to make. I have noticed that being in this rough spot has made me an unpleasant person to be around at times. I tend to take my frustrations out on my family, and they are having a hard time understanding why I am so upset all the time. I find that I do some of my best soul searching while out enjoying the beautiful desert I live in. This past Sunday, 3/29/15, my husband and I took to the Pima Canyon Iris Dewhirst trail head. After a few hours of enjoying all that mother nature had to offer, we called it a day and decided to head back. Almost to the end of the hike, my husband points to a Ben's Bell that somebody had left. Coming across this gem has really made me stop and think about the way I have been handling my problems lately, and how fortunate I am to have a family that loves me unconditionally (even when I am grumpy). Regardless of my current situation, I cannot continue to take it out on those around me. This was a wake up call for me, really made me stop and take note of how "unkind" I have been. So, thank you to whoever placed the Ben's Bell on that trail, you really made my day, week, month, and year! I will consciously move forward spreading love and kindness to those around me!

Posted on March 31, 2015

KimNichelle writes …

While out walking my dogs with my boyfriend this beautiful Sunday afternoon in Broomfield, CO, I saw something hanging from a tree near the end of our walk. Since I was tired I almost didn't walk over to take a closer look. I'm glad I did! I found this chime with a note attached telling me to take it and bring it home and remember to spread kindness. I am happy to have found this treasure and will proudly hang it from my balcony. I will be reading up on your organization to see how I can share this experience with others. Many thanks to the person who left it for me to find.

Posted on March 29, 2015

Audrey writes …

I first saw a Ben's Bell on a railing outside my workplace about 2 weeks ago. I was leaving for my daily walk and decided to leave it there for the next person to notice it. It was gone when I returned. Today I returned from another walk in town and saw another Ben's Bell on the back of a sign. Today I decided the bell was for me and took it back with me to work! It is a lovely gift and reminder to "pay it forward" in life. Thank you.

Posted on March 27, 2015

Chris Tinsley writes …

I was at work Thursday morning when I came across one of your bells lying on a bench, I picked up the bell and read the card it said take it home hang it in your yard and remember to spread kindness how about world, this definitely put a smile on my face. As I was walking along doing my job I came across another one I was hoping I would get a chance to see someone else receive a gift as well. Thank you for this beautiful gift it is hanging up and one of my trees in the backyard.

Posted on March 20, 2015

Dawn writes …

I decided to walk the mile from my house to the bus stop because I woke up in a terrible mood and sometimes exercise helps. The walk did leave me feeling better, but when I arrived at the bus stop a Ben's Bell was waiting for me. It brought a smile to my face and changed my outlook so that I had a completely different day than the one I had anticipated. I have wanted one ever since I heard about them, so I said something on Facebook about a bell finding me. Friends and family members who had never heard of the organization are now aware of it.

Posted on March 17, 2015

Jill writes …

It was 2011 after the tragic shootings in Tucson. I knew Gabe Zimmerman who was killed that day. A couple of weeks later I was at the bus stop and there was a woman with her son coming up to hang the bell. I told her I knew what they were and what they were for. Then I told them about losing Gabe and they gave me a hug. That meant a lot to me finding a Ben's Bell that day.

It was 2015 when I was at a different bus stop and I found another one. I am going to send this bell to my cousin in Indiana. I put the website address on it, so he can read up on what Ben's Bells is all about.

Thanks to all of you for this wonderful idea and gift you gave me when I was down and out. It gave me new hope for humanity.

Posted on March 16, 2015

Karla Erickson writes …

A friend I work with at TEP was awarded a Ben's Bell for his charity work and thought it was such an wonderful way to express gratitude for all the good he does. We live in Vail and my husband and I always walk in Vail in Rancho Del Lago area. It is such a calm and peaceful way to enjoy all we have been given and blessed with. Tonight was a very special walk. There was a Ben's Bell hanging on a railing but I did not really know what it was at the time. When we came back around from our walk I said that is just beautiful and then read the card. What an amazing gift we found. I was not sure whether I should take it or not but it sang my name and I wanted to come home and see how I could forward SUCH A WONDERFUL AND THOUGHTFUL GIFT. I came to the site and was amazed at how wonderful the Ben Bell's can be to people and what a statement it can make in everyone's life and way of treating others. I plan on donating tonight to make sure this precious gift can be passed on to others. Thank you to whomever left it and may our donation help spread your words of kindness!

Posted on March 10, 2015

Lori writes …

I found my ben's bell at work one day. I work in the service industry so I am kind all day long!

It is extra special to me because I live in Newtown CT and my son attends elementary school.

I plan to hang the wind chime outside when the weather is finally nice!!

Posted on March 10, 2015

Judy Gamboa writes …

it was my birthday yesterday and my husband and I went for a hike in Catalina state park.As I was hiking I noticed a bright object off the trail.I went to check it out and noticed it was a beautiful Ben's Bell hanging on a tree
it was such a joyful moment to find a Ben's Bell on my birthday.... such a very very special gift. I love the concept of passing kindness to others,as I taught children for over 30 years stressing Kindness is Power. I felt so special and grateful to find it. Kindness will change the world and I will continue to spread kindness.. Thank you Ben's Bell for my beautiful gift!!

Posted on March 6, 2015

Lil brian writes …

I went to lunch today and ran into a cute little boy who I found out was 4. The little boy and I kept making contact in a non-verbal way. When the mother corrected him I broke down and cried. She called him Luke. My son Luke, passed away 2 years ago. I know this was a sign from him. The family left and then the mother came back in and gave me a Ben's bell. When she told me the story I felt comforted. Thank you Ben and family and all of the volunteers who touched me here in Miami. I will contact you all so I can take Ben's bell to our local childrens hospital.

Posted on March 3, 2015

Peggy Podojil writes …

Shortly after the Ben's Bell organization was started I found a bell hanging from the door of the bank I managed at Swan and Sunrise. The quote attached and the story behind the bell touched my heart. The project was so new that many of my employees did not know the story. I hung the bell in the lobby of the branch until I retired in 1995. Since then it has moved with me four times. The monsoons and heat have taken their toll. I recreated the flower by tracing it in clay and painted it. I have restrung the beads, flower and bell.

I was surprised to see that you now have items for sell. I am going to replace the beads which have now chipped the flower that has faded. The significance of the Ben's Bell has not.

The kindness story has been told and observed during tragedy and Ben's Bells have given hope to communities with broken hearts.

Thank you for creating a ongoing means to share Ben's life.

Posted on February 20, 2015

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