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Diane writes …

As an urban dweller I spend a lot of time walking to my destinations. In 2013 I was walking through San Francisco Civic Center on a warm(ish) late afternoon. Something caught my eye up in a tree and I walked over to discover my Bens Bell. I made a 360 and saw that I was completely alone. The discovery made me laugh right out loud. The joy I felt to have discovered this beautiful piece of kindness made me feel very special. I felt as if I was chosen. All these years later my Bens Bell still hangs in my house in a spot that makes me move it everyday. I love it and I love the message it brings to all that I share the story with. Blessings to you and to your precious Ben for inspiring such a gift.

Posted on December 10, 2019

Lisa writes …

I'm embarrassed that it took me this long to write about my Ben's Bells experience. I was walking at Silver Sands beach in Milford, CT on September 4th. I go there when I need peace of mind - and I really needed it that day! I walked straight past the bells hanging on a fence. On second thought I returned to take a more careful look. I read the tag and couldn't believe my fortune. I had to look around before I took them, as if I was doing something wrong! I walked quickly back to my car to secure my treasure and then continued on my beach walk. I had a constant smile on my face and must have greeted everyone I passed with a cheerful "hello." I even struck up a conversation with the people fishing on the pier. A total change of mood for me - from sad and overwhelmed to joyful and content. I later sent photos and a description of the project to my close friends and family. They thought it was wonderful. Thank you so much for this inspiring project. What a beautiful way to memorialize a precious life.

Posted on November 6, 2019

Holly K writes …

I was hiking last week in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve with my dog and I saw a Ben's Bell hanging in a tree. I said to myself - 'Oh - there's a Ben's Bell - cool', took a picture of it and I kept on hiking. Then I recalled that when you find a Ben's Bell, that's your treasure so I went back and sure enough the card on the bell said 'You have found a Ben's Bell...take it home, hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout our world'. I was so delighted, but knew immediately I could not keep the bell. My dear friend just lost her husband the day before and I knew it belonged to her. I left the bell on her doorstep with a note and she was blessed...and I am blessed tenfold. I love this mission and look forward to making some bells and someday hanging a Ben's Bells of my own in my garden.

Posted on October 22, 2019

Kathy L writes …

This morning I parked at work and was getting out when I saw one of Ben’s Bells on a small tree in front of my truck! I was so happy and in awe, I have followed Bens Bells but have never found one before. I brought it into work with me and told my coworkers about Ben’s Bells and we were all very excited. Thank you! Its going to be a great day! #Be Kind

Posted on October 17, 2019

Jackie writes …

I had never heard of your story and about 7 years ago I was working at a preshool campus and all day the staff came out and saw Ben's Bells hanging from the trees outside our doors. It was a magical day! That joy I have kept in thought and to this day, Ben's Bells hang outside of my front door and I think of the joy that we want to show to everyone. I am forever grateful for the day you spread magic all over the school campus. Maybe one day I can help you with making some for others.

Posted on September 30, 2019

D writes …

I live alone. I'm a disabled veteran. I'm sad everyday, not for myself, but for all the ugliness in my country.
The men in my family have served in every war since winning our independence. I am the first female in my family to serve.
I believe all citizens of this country should be treated equally, with respect. I have always believed in the people of this country.
Today, I find myself the object of hate. I am the white haired, older woman that the citizens of my country yell at without knowing who I am. I stay in more and more. I am afraid to greet people or even smile at them.
I was given a little piece of paper with a simple, pretty flower attached to it. On the paper it said, This is a Ben's Bell Kindness Coin.
I'm sitting here at 1:30am with this coin in my hand thinking, there is the hope I needed to see. It made me smile. And, that nice woman that gave it to me for a modest gift to help a child, SHE SEEN ME! She knows I'm here. She recognizes that I'm not a hateful person.
THANK YOU. You helped me make it through another day.

Posted on September 27, 2019

Susan writes …

I found these wonderful bells while walking on Silver Sands Beach. I love this project and I will try to spread kindness where ever I go. You inspire me today to send a donation to help the people of the Bahamas who have suffered so from this terrible hurricane. Thank you to who ever made these bells and hung them on the fence at the beach.

Posted on September 4, 2019

Georgette writes …

Hello... On may 18 of this year I lost my mother. It has been very hard. She collected wind chimes and had many hanging around her home. Her birthday was three days ago and we took windchimes to her grave. Last night while parking at work in Elkton MD, there was one of your wind chimes just hanging in a little random tree. This touched my heart in ways you can't imagine... Thank You so much

Posted on August 23, 2019

Renee writes …

I had been having a grumpy few weeks feeling overburdened, under appreciated and pretty much worthless. I wasn't being very kind or considerate of anyone else. In a very hurried trip to Bashas (in an effort to put some food in the fridge since no-one else was going to do it grrr - thats how I was feeling) I went to put my cart away and found the Ben's Bells hanging on the cart rack. Wow, did I ever need the reminder. I had been horrible. I sat in my car, had a good cry and a long talk with myself. It was time for a reset. I've hung my bells where I can see them as I come and go from my home. Thank you for the reminder to be kind.

Posted on July 29, 2019

Vickie S. writes …

Hello, several years ago I saw a NEWS story about "Ben's bells". At the end I told my friend I was watching with "I really WISH I would find a "Ben's bell" someday. Well, 2 nights ago my friend and I went to see a show. I am a disabled veteran and have a handicap vehicle tag. My friend had just had a hip replacement surgery about 6 weeks ago. The reason for telling all this is that our regular handicap parking area was blocked OFF making it impossible for us to park there due to some improvements to these parking spaces. Well then I dropped my friend close to the door and went to park my car. After parking I was walking and noticed something hanging from a tree branch near the side walk but continued to walk then SOMETHING told me to go BACK so I DID and I soon was overwhelmed with complete JOY, I had FOUND MY "Ben's bell". NOW, I KNOW IT was MEANT TO BE because had those handicap parking spaces NOT been blocked OFF for improvements I NEVER WOULD HAVE FOUND MY "Ben's bell". Everyone I told about this event and timing AGREED and said YES it was MEANT TO BE. Many of my family and friends stated, IF ANYONE WAS MEANT to FIND a "Ben's bell" I was ONE of the TRULY DESERVING people to have found such a WONDERFULLY AMAZING GIFT. They say THIS BECAUSE I have ALWAYS BEEN a TRULY VERY KIND , CARING, and GIVING person. I am COMPLETELY HONORED to have FOUND ONE of "Ben's bells". I will CHERISH IT, and CONTINUE to SPREAD ALL the KINDNESS I CAN along with SPREADING the WORD of "Ben's bells" for as LONG as I POSSIBLY CAN. THANK YOU for YOUR CHERISHED and BEAUTIFUL MISSION, I am VERY SURE Ben SMILES with EVERY "Ben's bell" HAND CRAFTED WITH KIND HEARTS and FOUND WITH COMPLETE AMAZEMENT and JOY.

Posted on July 28, 2019

Ashley writes …

I was doing “the stairs” on my lunch break, when I saw the bens bell hanging on a pipe. I honestly didn’t know what it was, I thought maybe It belonged to someone. I looked around, then read the note and it just made my day!!

Posted on July 25, 2019

Emily writes …

I teach undergraduate composition at the University of Arizona, and for several years I've had students read about Ben's Bells in a unit focused on local nonprofits. I've always told students that they might find one around town or hiking...

I couldn't believe my luck to actually find one yesterday, though!

I was riding in a car with a friend, chit-chatting, and suddenly spotted it by the Santa Cruz. I shouted "stop-stop-Stop-STOP!" so loudly that my friend thought something was wrong :) He was even more confused when I bolted out of the car, ran into the brush, and came back with the bell. In between breaths, I had to explain what Ben's Bells does and why finding one was so special. I've been just so bubbly and showing it off to everyone since then. It's such a special piece of Tucson to find!

It's now hanging under a large mesquite by our garden. I can see it whenever I look out the window, and I can hear it chime in the breeze when I'm out in the yard. I absolutely adore it!

Thank you for sparking such joy!

Posted on July 13, 2019

Ashley writes …

I am from Sacramento Ca and traveled to the avenue of the giants in Humboldt county, it's about a 5 hour drive north. As I was wondering in the woman's Federation Grove I came across a Ben's Bell and absolutely made my day what a neat way to spread kindness and I plan on to pay it forward!

Posted on July 9, 2019

Sue Havey writes …

My sister and I found a Ben’s Bell while hiking down Sabino Canyon. What a sweet surprise! I brought it home and it is now hanging in my tree in West Bend, Wisconsin!

Posted on May 31, 2019

Tania B. writes …

I found my Ben's Bell during my lunch break at work. I was sitting on the ground after a hectic morning, enjoying the opportunity to clear my mind with the fresh breeze that was blowing. From about 20 yards away I noticed the bright ornaments hanging from a tree in our parking lot near Third Street and Earl in Phoenix. I thought something had gotten stuck in the tree, similar to a balloon with an attached note that I found in a cactus during a run on the Maricopa Trail near Lake Pleasant a few weeks ago. Eventually I got up and walked to it. I have known about Ben's Bells, having read about this in the Arizona Republic in the past. I am touched to have such a beautiful gift, which just might be a token of thanks for the flat tire I fixed on a stranger's bicycle just two days ago. Kindness is such an easy gesture. Pass it on.

Posted on May 6, 2019

Kelly writes …

My family came across a Ben's Bell running errands about a month after the Sandy Hook Shooting. Since our neighborhood and the town were full of news trucks due to the event, it had been difficult to enjoy the holidays or lighten the heavy feeling of grief. Finding that Ben's Bell felt like every holiday rolled into one- the people that had scattered these little bits of joy around Newtown are absolute blessings. We have kept our Ben's Bell in the kitchen since that day, and we put up the ornaments every Christmas to keep this wonderful organization in our hearts. Keep spreading kindness and placing bells, because people will remember the love and joy it brings, no matter how many years pass.

Posted on May 5, 2019

Dawn Terry - Litchfield Park Arizona writes …

Our new LeMonds Aveda spa opened last July inside the Wigwam Resort. We thought it would be a beautiful place to offer the Kindness coins and bells to our guests who visit from all over the world. It has been nice to share the story of Bens Bells with our guests as they love to take them home to share with family and friends. We recently set up a table at the Eggstravaganza Easter event that the Wigwam hosts every year for the community. We set up a painting station for the kids to paint the Kindness coins and had the opportunity to share the story and what the coins are all about. We quickly had a line of excited kids wanting to participate. We also recently had a coin painting event at the spa for our members to enjoy. Our providers here at the spa have set up a painting station in our break room and they enjoy painting during breaks and down time. We are so grateful to partner with such a wonderful organization that reminds us all of the value of being KIND to one another.

Posted on April 25, 2019

Deby writes …

While visiting friends in Phoenix recently, I saw a blue flower windchime hanging from a tree while we were walking to a local Farmer's Market. I stopped to read the tag hanging from the windchime and followed the instructions... "take it home, hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout our world." This bell is now hanging on my back deck near Seattle, WA where I can see it every day and remember to spread kindness wherever I have the opportunity. There was also a quote on the tag that said "Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations" by Paramahansa Yogananda. I read a book about 50 years ago called "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda. About a week before finding this bell, I had seen this book in a bookstore and was inspired to read it again, so I bought it. Finding this bell with this particular quote did not seem so random to me. Thank you, Ben's Bells, for the inspiration!!!

Posted on April 25, 2019

Pat M. writes …

My Ben's Bell was found on a bush just outside the Arizona Inn. It was the last day of our visit to Arizona and I was taking pictures of the cactus garden just outside the inn. We had a wonderful time discovering the beauty of the west and this colorful yet simple ceramic wind chime and its message seemed to summarize this beautiful experience. It now hangs on our deck outside Baltimore as a constant reminder.

Posted on April 15, 2019

Mina S. writes …

I truly believe it was sort of symbolic how I came across a Ben's Bell. I had just gotten off the phone with a coworker who had expressed to me that she was having a hard time in her personal life and that she wasn't doing so well health-wise. I let her know that although she is a coworker of mine, she is also a friend and one I care very much about and thus if she needed any sort of help or comfort, I would always be there for her. She was really surprised yet touched by this and I could tell almost instantly.

Only a few minutes later, I left the office to pick up some lunch for my friend/coworker and I but as I was nearing the restaurant I had seen a Ben's Bell hanging from a branch on a tree. I walked this way nearly every work day for one reason or another (as where the Ben's Bell was located was a shopping center) and it had immediately caught my eye because I hadn't seen it there prior. I looked at the surrounding trees and saw not a single one of them had the Ben's Bell on it except for this one. I walked closer to the Ben's Bell, looking first at the note. Right away, I smiled to myself thinking it was a sign that I had done right by my friend/coworker and that I needed to continue spreading kindness, something I deeply value already. I gently took the Ben's Bell off the branch and took it home to hang on my door outside. I hoped that by doing so, any time I would hear it chime from opening or closing my door, I would be reminded of the smile it brought to my face that day and to be kind, always.

Posted on April 11, 2019

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