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Teacher in Oxford writes …

Found Ben's Bells at our schools in Oxford, CT! There were many smiles in Oxford yesterday!

Posted on January 29, 2019

Terry R. writes …

Found on Canyon Trails Dr., South of Yuma. It is on a new tree for all to see in Canyon Trails South Unit #4.

Posted on January 13, 2019

Jane Hamilton writes …

My Ben's Bells story is like many others - bittersweet.

After the January 8th shooting, 8 years ago today at the Tucson - Safeway , I like many of my friends and neighbors was shocked and horrified by the tragedy... and also in my own family, my son Joseph Zamudio was one of the 1st responders - the young man who held down the shooter till the police arrived... completely devastated by what he participated in. A few days later I was sadly spending time at the Safeway makeshift memorial in the parking lot , praying for the families who's loved ones were taken that day, and thinking about my son and the trauma he was experiencing, when I looked up and saw a Ben's Bell hanging from a tree in the parking lot. I reached up to touch it and thought, "what's this ?" Just then someone behind me said, "its a Bell's Bells- if you need it, it's yours". I said my son Joseph needs it, and I gave it to him. It was a blessing at that terrible fateful time that I'm remembering today.

Posted on January 8, 2019

Peggy B. writes …

Hi all - I visited the Grand Canyon for the first time in my life in March of 2017, and I found a Ben's Bell hanging near the south rim. I live in New York, about an hour away from Niagara Falls. I thought it would be cool to take the bell, enjoy it for awhile, and then place it at Niagara Falls the next time I visited there. It would be going from one of the world's wonders, to another. Well...I went to Niagara Falls a couple of times since then, and I forgot the take the bell. In October of this year (2018), I visited Bethel, New York, and the site of Woodstock. My eyes landed on the bell as I was packing and getting ready, and I thought, hmm..maybe the site of peace & love at the Woodstock festival nearly 50 years ago would be a good place to take the bell. So, that is what I did. My friends and I hung the bell on a fence near the Woodstock monument. If anyone writes that they found it there in October or November of 2018, it would be the bell that I placed there, the one that traveled with me all the way from the Grand Canyon.
Peggy B.
New York

Posted on December 23, 2018

Robin Reece writes …

I did not know about Ben's Bells until my dear friend Brian Baxley passed (they labeled me his stepmom although I really was not). Brian moved to AZ a little over 3 years ago to be closer to his father. He moved in with me almost right away due to lack of space with his father. We hit it off immediately. We both felt as if we had know each other forever. Sadly his father chose to take his own life a few months after Brian moved here. In August Brian became seriously ill. Brian was 25 years old and in Banner University Hospital for 62 days on what they call ECMO therapy. He was suffering from respiratory failure and despite his doctors best efforts they could not find a way to save him. The extraordinary thing about Brian was his pure love for people and his undying spirit. He was turned down for the transplant list twice and yet he held no anger in him. None at all. His doctors and nurses told me they had never had a situation like Brians. The entire medical staff were at a loss as to what to do. Every patient they ever treated either passed before waking up or simply healed and went home. This is the most amazing part of Brians story. He was an organ donor. Despite the fact that was denied his life saving transplant he still wanted to donate to help other people. The donor team had to speak to Brian to make sure we were clear about his wishes. They too told me this was a first for them. They asked him why he would still want to do this thing after he couldn't not receive help for himself. He said, peace and love. Just that simple. This entire experience was very difficult for the doctors and nurses. One of the chaplains asked if we would come in because the had a small ceremony they wanted to do for the staff and the family. She brought one of Ben's Bells. She called Brian a hero and stated when anyone walked in or out of his room the bell would be rung so everyone would know they had a hero in the house. I cannot express what that bell meant to us. He was a hero. Every time that bell rang we took a moment to honor him knowing his last act on this earth was to benefit other people. It was a truly beautiful thing and I will always be grateful for that bell. I ring it every now and then so Brian knows he is still my hero. Thank you so much.

Posted on December 13, 2018

Marjorie P. writes …

I found a Ben's Bell at a bus stop on Pantano in Tucson on October 21 ,2018! I had just had my mother pass away and then my brother's father in law passed that day. I was praying as I walked and I looked over and saw the bell! I am very thankful for the encouragement I felt! God bless you in , Christ!

Posted on November 18, 2018

Jill H. From DE writes …

I came across a Bens Bell today in Newark, DE. I am not sure how it got to our tiny state but I sure am glad it did! After finding the bell I was overcome with a feeling of gratitude and wanting to pay it forward. Thank you so much for the reassurance that there is still good and kind in the world! Peace <3 Light

Posted on November 13, 2018

Suzanne Graun writes …

La Cima Middle School is registered as a Kind Campus for the 1st time this year. We are incorporating the Ben's Bells message of 'intentional kindness' into the culture of our school. During the week of Oct. 22-26, we recognized Red Ribbon Week, a national week dedicated to Drug, Alcohol,Tobacco awareness and Bully Prevention. This year our weeks overall theme was 'Stay in Your Right Mind & Be Kind', and one of our themed spirit days was 'Cardinals are WILD about being KIND'. Students and staff dressed in crazy mixed up clothes and many had their picture taken with a multi-colored paint splashed backdrop that included the Ben's Bell flower in the corner.
Thanks Ben's Bells for your support and resources.

Posted on November 2, 2018

Jules writes …

I took my kids down to the beach to run along the Huntington Beach Pier and Amphitheater area for sunset. I noticed one of my toddlers curiously picking something up...it was a Ben's Bells! I read the note and was filled with so much delight and appreciation!! I took it as an opportunity to pause play and reinforce to my twin toddlers and 5 year old how important it is to be kind to everyone. We now hang this on our patio and will be doing some "random acts of kindness" on our own. Thank you for the beautiful bell and idea!!

Posted on October 27, 2018

Phyllis M. writes …

I just learned about Ben's Bell's yesterday.  I am a mentor to an at risk youth (11 year old female) through another non-profit organization in Phoenix.  Yesterday we were randomly looking for art studios and came across Ben's Bell's where they invited us in to paint some flowers. I have been working with my youth for over a year and it has been challenging to get her to share her thoughts with me. After this experience I feel she has opened up to me more than ever before and I truly believe it was the message of intentional kindness the inspired her to want to connect at this time.   We will definitly return and hope to be more involved with this project.  Thank you Ben's Bell's.

Posted on October 25, 2018

Danny U. Boise, ID writes …

I parked my car today at the Garden City Building Department. It was a perfect parking spot, close to the building for a quick run in then out! I profess to my family that I can conjure up a good parking spot when I really need one. When I opened my car door it brushed against the branch of a small tree and I heard a bell ring. Once I was out of the car I noticed little piece of whimsy hanging in the tree with what appeared to be a not or a tag! I scanned the parking lot figuring I would see one in every tree and it must be part of a school or scouting project. There were no others in sight! I read the tag and found out it was a very sweet “Random act of kindness!” A lot like the car in front of you paying for your coffee in the Starbucks drive-thru, ONLY BETTER! I thought if its still ringing in the tree when I come out I will take it! It was and now its mine! What a feeling! I used to own a coffee shop in Idaho Falls, ID and our motto was “Be kind to one another!” That Motto was on tee shirts, hats and our coffee cups! How cool is that, thanks Ben for the perfect parking spot!

 

 

 

Posted on October 22, 2018

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

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