your stories

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

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

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