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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

Anne Grass writes …

I was walking my dog, alone, in my central Phoenix neighborhood this morning. My husband of 29 years hadn't come with us. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in August and is receiving daily radiation and weekly chemo. He is too weak to walk the dog. Our world has become very small. Caring for someone 24/7 (even someone you love) is draining, emotionally and physically. I am on a leave from work. I miss my job and friends. I find myself feeling sad and frustrated. A quick walk around the block with the dog was always a good way to clear my head. As we approached a corner, I saw the Ben's Bell hanging on a low fence. I knew immediately what it was... but still felt nervous taking it. I was in disbelief. Was this a special message just for me? The bell jingled beautifully as we continued our walk home. One of the beads was shaped like a small snail. I have decided that the snail is reminding me that my husband's recovery will be a slow, but steady process. We will get through this! My beautiful bell will remind me every day! I am so grateful!

Posted on October 28, 2017

Chris B. writes …

I found a Ben's Bell in Phoenix and just finished reading the story behind the bells. What a great way to help spread kindness in a world that desperately needs it. Not only did the bell make me smile but it helped me remember that there are still random acts of kindness that are happening daily. Thank you for making my day and nudging me to continue to be kind and helpful to others.

Posted on October 27, 2017

Shery writes …

Wow, what a beautiful way to spread kindness! I was riding my bike home from my job as cafeteria manager at my neighborhood elementary school, when I passed by the bell hanging from a tree near the parent drop off lane. My curiosity got the best of me, so I turned around and thought, oh no, someone put a nice decoration in the tree... I hope nobody breaks it. Then I read the note and it brought a smile to my face! I brought it home and hung it on my "wind chime orange tree" by my back patio, where I will remember the kindness message from Ben's Bells every time it rings! It is truly an inspiration to continue the kindness everyday -thank you!

Posted on October 25, 2017

Karen writes …

On 9/28 my husband and I were heading up to Las Vegas to visit our niece and celebrate her son's birthday. We stopped to gas up at Fry's at Thornydale & Tangerine. We found a Ben's Bells hanging on the gas pump. We decided to take it with us and give it to our niece. She did not know anything about Ben's Bells so I told her how it was organized and their mission. We left on Sunday morning and Sunday night the horrible shooting occurred at the Country Western Concert. So happy we took it with us & shared the mission of Ben's Bells. It was meant to be.

Posted on October 6, 2017

Rick Surber writes …

I found a bell on a run in the Boise foothills. What a cool idea, it made my day! I will be sure to find a way to pass your kind act on. Thank you so much!

Posted on September 28, 2017

Konnie Gowdey writes …

My heart is filled with such joy this morning. On my daily morning walk in Phoenix, I spotted something shiny, bright, colorful hanging in a tree. As I walked closer, I read the note. Imagine my delight! I try and live my life with kindness and believe strongly in the power of kindness. Now I have my beautiful Ben's Bell hanging in a tree in my backyard. In the mornings when I sit outside enjoying my coffee and writing in my journal, I will be even more inspired to spread kindness. Thank you!
Lots of joy, love, & kindness!

Posted on September 21, 2017

Michelle writes …

Hi all my partner was out walking our dog in Dublin and came across your bell and it couldn't have come at a better time I had just had a rough week and and didn't think anyone was kind and this just proved to me there was, so thank x x

Posted on September 6, 2017

Linda Ropp writes …

My husband had surgery, then a complication and back to the hospital. Days later, I was driving him around, running errands, as he had not been able to drive for a few days. We pulled into a parking spot by World of Nutrition Store in our town. It was a spot with a "speck of shade" as he would be staying in the car. I looked over and there it was. "Ben's Bell". I teared up and was so blessed to find this bell. I just wanted to cry. Our Red Hat Group of ladies painted some of the ceramic flowers a few years ago. You have no idea how much finding this bell meant to me. It was meant to be for me to find that this day.

Posted on September 2, 2017

Jackie Agenbroad writes …

I used to live in Arizona and knew about Ben's bells but never thought I would find one in Boise,Id. I moved here after my husband passed away. My daughter and I were visiting the VA cemetery to remember my husband when I found a Ben's Bell in a tree as we were leaving. I was feeling down and finding the bell was such a wonderful surprise and really brought me out of a funk. You do such a wonderful service.

Posted on August 31, 2017

Amber Coyle writes …

I work at St. Luke’s Hospital in McCall, Idaho. My co-worker brought me in to her office, and pointed to something hanging in the tree outside her window. We didn’t know what it was, or where it came from. When we went outside to look at it, we found a beautiful Ben’s Bell! On the attached note were the words “Take it home, hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout our world.” I got goose bumps up and down my arms. Recently, a friend of mine and her young son died in a tragic car accident. These two special people were like angels on earth, and spread so much kindness and love everywhere they went, every day. They were such big part of this community, and will always be missed. When I read the note on the Ben’s Bell, I immediately thought of them. It was almost as if it was a message from them, asking all of us to show kindness in our community and around the world. I’m so glad I can take the Ben’s Bells home, share it with my family, and inspire my children to realize the impact of kindness. Thank you for touching so many lives!

Posted on August 31, 2017

Donna Hill writes …

My husband and I were visiting the Grand Canyon last week. At an over look I noticed the beautiful Ben's Bell wind chime attached to the explanation of the view.
I was very hesitant to take it! Read the card 3 times! It now resides in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, my home. I hate to give it up, but I want to share the happiness.
Thank you for the blessing!

Posted on August 28, 2017

Laura writes …

We were in Boise, Idaho on our way to see the total eclipse in Weiser last week. We stopped for a visit at the Anne Frank Museum. Off in the distance I saw something orange in color hanging from a tree. As I walked over I heard the bell. It was amazing to read the tag and to learn that I was to take this with me. I have it hanging now in my patio at home. And I am excited to support this project and purchase some items to place in my town. Thank you for helping us to remember that is easy to be kind and to spread kindness. Cheers. Laura P.

Posted on August 28, 2017

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