your stories

Sara L. writes …

I read about Ben's Bells a few years ago and thought it was such a wonderful way to delight people, make them smile, and fill them with kindness. I also thought the bells themselves were precious and how the sound of them would be a reminder of Ben and how precious life is.

I park in the same spot every time I go to work, under the trees for shade. They trimmed all the tree branches recently! Yesterday as I got out of my car I saw the bright flower on the median under the tree! When I picked it up and realized I had found (or it found me!) a Ben's Bells I felt blessed. I felt like it was going to be okay. I also felt a renewed strength to really be genuinely kind and smile at everyone. I try to practice gratitude everyday, now I will incorporate an act of intentional kindness.

Finding a Ben's Bell was a wish of mine. It's very special to me and I will treasure it. Thank you so much!

Posted on October 15, 2018

Jan writes …

My husband and I have been going to Acadia National Park every summer since 1993. It is our favorite place in the whole world! Can you imagine how extraordinarily how happy we were to see a Ben's Bell hanging from a fir tree on the loop around Jordan Pond? I was grateful that the printing said we could take it home with us. Yes, remember Ben and remember to be kind. What a wonderful gift we were given that day. This message will remain in our grateful hearts forever.

Posted on September 21, 2018

Angela Ragonese writes …

Fun! So Cute! I received a Ben's Bell coin from my co-worker Chrissy! Chrissy and I are located about 9 hours from each other but she finds ways to put a smile on my face in many ways! We just had a chance to see each other in person and after she left I received the coin in our interoffice mail. It really made my day and I look forward to passing it on!

Posted on August 30, 2018

Gayle Berner writes …

I moved from Tucson to Boise, Idaho five years ago and last week I started volunteering at a no-kill cat shelter and found a Ben's Bell hanging in the tree out in the back garden. No one who works at the shelter knew the story, who left it there, and the idea about it. I was happy to tell them about the amazing organization it has become and how I and my daughter once helped make bells there.

What a nice surprise to see a piece of Tucson in Boise!

Posted on August 9, 2018

Whitney and Eric Wilson. writes …

My husband I and were out shopping with our two children Aiden (5) and Adelynn (3) in Goodyear AZ. When we came back to our truck a Ben's Bell"s was hanging in the tree beside our truck that was not there before. My husband read the sweet note and we loaded the bell up with the family. Ben's Bell has made us smile and created a memory we will have for a lifetime. We look forward to passing along the kindess.

Posted on August 5, 2018

Stephanie Ultsch writes …

I found it on my keyboard when I came into work one day. Not sure who had left it maybe a coworker or maybe a patient I encountered. Truly made my day either way. Hopefully one day I'll find out who left it for me. Thanks for impacting my day

Posted on July 26, 2018

Linda H writes …

I first heard about Ben’s Bells when my dear friend in Tucson sent me a set of the In Memory bells. She appropriately timed it to arrive to me in Ohio on the 8th sad anniversary of my son Joshuas’s death. It was such a KIND and thoughtful gift and I was so touched by exploring your website. Thank you for starting this and I honor Ben’s memory and all the kindness he has inspired in the world. I join with you in pledging to be more kind and spread kindness every day. Thank you!

Posted on July 22, 2018

Jolene writes …

I found the bell this morning while providing orientation and mobility training for a student with vision impairments. It was hanging on an observation deck overlooking Brennen's Wave in Missoula, MT. The student heard the ringing and we went to take a closer look. What a nice surprise! Of course I had to go home and look up the web site. I love the idea and the bell. Is someone doing this in Missoula or was it a random gift of kindness?

Posted on July 3, 2018

Lacie E writes …

I found a Ben's Bell today! I had parked my car at Target in Goodyear Az and got my little guy out. Walked to the cart corral and something kept telling me to look back toward my car. And there it was! Hanging from the tree right next to my car! I said to my little guy "what's this?!" As I walked closer I could see it was a windchime. I thought maybe someone had lost it and another person hung it up. So I read the tag and it was for me! What a special gift!

Posted on June 23, 2018

Alexandria Rodriguez writes …

My son and I were about to get gas at a frys gas station and as I was pulling up I saw a blue Ben’s Bell hanging from a metal crate near our gas pump! It was so exciting to find the bell and I showed my young son immediately after I picked it up. He was so fascinated by the bell and loved the colors of the beads. This is definitely a memory I will cherish forever.

Posted on June 15, 2018

John H writes …

I arrived at work this morning and saw the bell hanging in a small tree near my car. I walked over to see exactly what it was and read the tag. What a nice surprise at 5:45am. Brought a smile to my face. I am now deciding if I want to take it home with me or hang it in my office.

Posted on May 30, 2018

Tom Hansen writes …

We found our Ben's Bells attached to a play structure in Phoenix when our daughters were young. We were visiting family and brought the chime home to Sonoma, CA. It has hung in our backyard arbor for many years and has inspired many acts of kindness in Ben's name. Our daughter, I believe similar to Ben's age, just graduated high school. The sound of Ben's bell was present during her celebratory party and I have been thinking of Ben and your family in the days since.

Although the original note has long since weathered away, I was able to find your website and was heartened to see that the movement in Ben's name is alive and flourishing. We are sharing a bell as a thank you gift for our friends and family in hopes that acts of kindness inspired by your family and Ben will continue to spread and have a positive impact on those that we cherish and love.

I cannot tell you how many times I have thought about you and your family. In the summer evenings, with the windows open, I can hear the chime from my room and I think of you, your family, and your son. I have wished for peace and have been inspired by your wish for acts of kindness. I am so sorry for your loss, and I am even more inspired by your courage and desire to spread love in Ben's name.

Tom

Sonoma, CA

Posted on May 30, 2018

Mary Mendralla writes …

This past Memorial Holiday weekend I was so happy to finally visit a BEN'S BELL shop location> It was the first stop on my trip from Chicago
My sweet sister in law had donated to BB for my birthday this past September, and I just had to see this idea in action

Visiting was everything I thought it would be and I cant wait to return so we can volunteer some of our time to help paint Kndness Coins, Hearts and anything else we can lend a artistic touch to.

January 2014 was a very sad time in our family, my oldest son Thomas decided that the world around him was just too much and he ended his Light at the young age of almost 32
His final words to his family, friends, acquaintances and enemies (if there were any) was to be KINDER TO ONE ANOTHER NICER YOU KNOW

I took my son's last words and have stepped out of bed each day for the past 4= years with the mindset of making the world a KINDER NICER Place. We volunteer helping out many organizations all with his message in mind, just trying to make a difference to those who may need a hug and a kind word to make a difference in their lives

It did my heart good to find out that there are hundreds that make this happen each day with the beautiful BB pieces and their continued hard work in their communities thru education and installations

I bought a orange heart (my son's favorite color) to hang in the park that we have a stone to mark the time he was here with us. I hope it makes those who see it smile and for those who need a little boost on a bad day I hope it warms their heart knowing there are many great people in the world working on a much needed KINDNESS factor

Thank you so much to all who are connected to this outstanding organization, thank you for reminding me that I am not alone in the mission to make a KIND difference in today's world

If you are ever interested in starting a BB In the CHICAGO land area I would be honored to do whatever I can to make it happen

Much love and KINDNESS

Mary Mendralla
Lombard Illinois

Posted on May 29, 2018

Tori T writes …

I recently came back from my brother's graduation on the East Coast. Celebrating personal and family milestones this month have been rather heartbreaking. My Dad, brother, best friend and beloved dog have passed every other year from each other since 2011.
Yesterday, a purple kindness chime dangled beside my car at a shopping center in Ahwatukee. It reminded me of the beauty of this lifetime and mended my soul. As a student at UofA, I'm familiar and very fond of Ben's Bells. Your compassion is a spontaneous, tender blessing that brought me to tears. I plan to further this act of kindness by hanging the chime at the cemetery where my Dad and brother are buried, so that another grieving person may be comforted.

Posted on May 20, 2018

PJ Arinsberg writes …

I found a Ben's bell in my apartment complex.I was walking by and heard a ringing and I looked for the sound and found it in a tree.It was near the picnic area.I am only 11 years old ,I brought it home and my mom and I looked it up and read what it was about.We are from York,Pennsylvania. This made my day, I even showed it to my boy scout master .

Posted on May 5, 2018

Margarida Galrito writes …

I had never heard of Ben's Bells. I found him hanging from a tree as I paused to rest from a descent into the Grand Canyon. Last We were a big group with people from all over the world. I'm from Portugal and I'm living in Washington for a few more months. I felt it was a gift to me. I picked up the tree, read it, and loved the message. I will take you with me to Portugal and if that place was magic for me it will still be remembered with more magic. Thank you for spreading gratitude and magic.

Hugs Margarida Galrito (Portugal)

Posted on April 30, 2018

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

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