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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

April C writes …

For the last few weeks I have been parking farther away from my office to walk more. I noticed something out of the corner of my eye a few days ago as the sun reflected off of the orange flower hanging. I though maybe it was something caught on the fence that had been tangled in the wind. Today is a windy day in Glendale and as I walk back to my office I could here the bell. Then I remembered the orange flower from a few days ago. What a lovely sound it makes. I immediately thought of back home where my mom used to have wind chimes hanging in her garden and patio. I will proudly hang this in my patio so my daughter can hear the same memories as mine.

Posted on April 10, 2019

Christina Z writes …

I took the long way to the gym after work and encountered a bell hanging from a bush not far from the gym entrance.

I immediately knew I was lucky enough to find a Ben's Bell. It was such an unexpected gift, it was amazing how it lifted my spirits.

My son had been in and out of the hospital and was still mentally unstable. Seeing this gift felt as if it had been heaven sent, especially since it was also the week of my birthday.

Many thanks for providing comfort to those who find it in the most unexpected of ways.

Ventana Canyon, Tucson

Posted on March 27, 2019

Lucky Leslie writes …

My wish of finding a Ben's Bell came true! After climbing to the top of Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, I sat down on a rock, looked to the left and saw Ben's Bell hanging in a bush. I walked over and gently pulled it from the bush. In disbelief that I could be so lucky as to find a precious bell, I began to cry. My spirit brightened during a time of sadness -- it felt like a sign. I love my Ben's Bell. Thank you so much!

Posted on March 24, 2019

John A. writes …

My family moved to Virginia recently and while taking our three kids to the beach we noticed one of Ben’s bells hanging in a tree. We weren’t having a bad day persay but even our kids got in on the story and asked how they can help! We will definitely be looking into it more and finding more opportunities to pass the kindness forward!

Posted on March 15, 2019

Cat Sker writes …

While in the parking lot of the local grocery store, I found Ben's Bell. I was having a terrible day and it just perked my spirits. Today I went on Ben's Bell's website and watched the video. I know who I will pass this act of kindness to. There is a young mother who like Ben's mother lost a child. She is in the depths of sadness that no person should have to feel. I would like you to know, your kindness is being spread world wide. You bell will hang in Ontario Canada and your message of kindness will be there as well. Thank you, you brought wonderful piece of inspiration to my heart and hopefully it will travel to the saddened mother and give her a little bit of comfort.

Posted on March 8, 2019

Caroline writes …

Visited the Saguaro National Park for the first time from California, I came across this bell, what a beautiful surprise and such a simple yet profound message. Thank you to whomever left this bell, I will hang this lovely reminder to practice kindness in my garden. Peace and Blessings

Posted on March 6, 2019

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