your stories

Peggy Podojil writes …

Shortly after the Ben's Bell organization was started I found a bell hanging from the door of the bank I managed at Swan and Sunrise. The quote attached and the story behind the bell touched my heart. The project was so new that many of my employees did not know the story. I hung the bell in the lobby of the branch until I retired in 1995. Since then it has moved with me four times. The monsoons and heat have taken their toll. I recreated the flower by tracing it in clay and painted it. I have restrung the beads, flower and bell.

I was surprised to see that you now have items for sell. I am going to replace the beads which have now chipped the flower that has faded. The significance of the Ben's Bell has not.

The kindness story has been told and observed during tragedy and Ben's Bells have given hope to communities with broken hearts.

Thank you for creating a ongoing means to share Ben's life.

Posted on February 20, 2015

Vangie writes …

My husband went hiking today at El Camino del Cerro trail and as he was leaving the trail he found a Ben's bell hanging from the gate. He read the note and decided to bring it home to me because he knew it would bring a smile to my day. When he got home and showed me the beautiful wind chime and told me where he found it, I was simply amazed. The random act of kindness is not lost on me. I believe that people are kind and this is one great example of it. Ben's bells have touched another life and I will surely pass this kindness forward. Thank you for shining a bright light in our lives.

Posted on February 18, 2015

Eva writes …

I work at The Sirata on St Pete,Fla. I wait tables there. I found a Bens Bells hanging in a tree. It was a long day and it put a well needed smile on my face. I try to do my best to be a good person and pass on help anytime I can. Thank u

Posted on February 11, 2015

Jane Menard writes …

My courageous husband Frank passed away from Pancreatic cancer in December of 2009. It was a terminal diagnosis received in January of that year. I remember that for two weeks of that journey I had lost all hope. I quickly learned that it is not possible to live without hope, so I started to hope that the sun would shine, or that a flower in my garden would bloom. Those hopes helped to keep me focused on the care that my beautiful husband needed from me. During his illness and afterwards I received acts of kindness from family friends and caregivers that I never imagined I would receive. Kindness given is a soothing balm.
In June of 2010 a friend of mine traveled to Chicago. There she found a Ben's Bell hanging in a public park. She brought it home to Canada and gave it to me. It was a precious gift that inspired awe and wonder. Two of the many emotions I had lost, returned to me. I looked up the project on line and learned about Ben and his family who had also endured a very sad loss. I felt connected to that bell in some ways. It hung in my kitchen and gave me daily reminders of the simple fact that I was not alone in this journey. That kindness was all around me. It helped to inspire my daily intention of seeking joy, adventure and kindness. The joy often comes in the simple things, like seeing a bright red Cardinal at my bird feeder or seeing the sun shine. The adventure can be as simple as going to the grocery store and buying a special piece of fruit. The kindness can also be simple. like sharing a smile or opening the door for an elderly person. The result of this daily intention is daily gratitude. Gratitude is what keeps me well. It heals and soothes and teaches me that I am truly blessed to have shared the love that Frank and I were so fortunate to experience.
I recently travelled to a wonderful winter wonderland with friends. We had an afternoon of snowmobiling through the forest. We went dog sledding the next day, and on the last day we went skating in the forest. I know that sounds crazy but so are we Canadians. There is a skating loop at Arrowhead Provincial Park in Ontario that winds its way through the forest. It is beautiful like the bell. It is there that I left that Ben's Bell with the intention of sharing kindness. I hope it is found by someone who will know how special it truly is. Thank you for sharing your story with me. It has helped me to heal and given me an opportunity share the kindness.
For that I am grateful.

Posted on February 5, 2015

Mary writes …

Yesterday I was shopping at the Exchange on Davis Montham AFB. I went into a dressing room to try on a blouse for a gift for my daughter and noticed this delightful chime hanging there. At first I thought someone had left it there, but upon reading the label I discovered it was a Ben's Bell. You have no idea the joy and gentle reminder of good people and their kindness that came to mind. I was recently in a bad vehicle accident in which I was rear ended by a fast moving vehicle and have been struggling somewhat with the physical and emotional aspects of it. To find this beautiful Ben's Bell was so inspiring and uplifting for me just at the right time! So THANK YOU Ben's Bells for this great gift. I will always try to live up to the motto of being kind!

Posted on February 5, 2015

Mindy Kuntz writes …

Shared my first kindness coin today. The recipient was very moved. Felt so good to share and spread kindness!

Posted on February 4, 2015

Jennifer DeSoto Urbina writes …

Feeling Blessed! Just found a Ben's Bell hanging from a tree right behind St. Augustine Cathedral! There is something truly special about this bell. Truly made my day much brighter! Thank you so much :)

Posted on February 3, 2015

Richard A writes …

I just found a Ben's bell hanging on a tree in front of my daughter's school (University High). My family is having some hard times and this hand crafted little treasure just made my day better ! Be kind everyone. Thank you Ben's bells. :D

Posted on February 2, 2015

Frances McPherson writes …

I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see that Marlene Fischer was a recipient of Ben's Bells.

I met Marlene when I lived in Tucson. She was fostering a retired Greyhound named Iron that I wanted to adopt. I was blessed to be chosen to make him mine. Marlene and I kept in touch as we still do since I have moved to Washington.

She is an energetic, passionate, giving, loving and dedicated individual in many ways, but for me, it is her kindness and generosity to our animals.

I keep her updated on Iron's life and I know that without her love and commitment, I may never have had Iron and Marlene in my life.

Posted on January 25, 2015

Peter & Yvonne writes …

We are from England on vacation and, walking across the hotel parking lot, I spotted something shiny, hanging in the oleander hedge.
Much to our surprise, there was a beautiful ceramic wind chime with a bell, plus its little tag, asking us to take it home. Of course we will, and it will soon have a home in rural Wiltshire.
After reading all the stories, and seeing how highly sought after are these lovel "Ben's Bells", we feel very privileged to have come into possession of this lovely gift. Being kind to others is something we aspire to and having this little reminder will make us try even harder. Thank you ☀️

Posted on January 23, 2015

Mylene writes …

I am a California girl & have been living in Tucson for 10 years. I have heard of Ben's Bells and always wanted to find one. I never thought I would!! But today I DID!! My man and I were going to Flemings Steak house and low and behold I found this beautiful dangling BEN'S BELL!!! I couldn't believe it! I We passed it at first and I told him to turn around. I said 'Are the Ben's Bells only hung on trees?" I got out the car and there it was!! I almost cried with excitement!!!! The feeling of FINALLY finding one of these was like winning the lottery!! I will cherish this FOREVER!!!

Posted on January 20, 2015

Danielle writes …

I had my first Ben's Bells experience with my best friend from home who has lived in Tuscon for over 3 years now... we both grew up in a small town community in Massachusetts, living on the same street for many years. He brought me in knowing that I would enjoy the "arts & crafts" aspect of the project...he was right. I was even more touched by the story behind it and found it to be such a great experience, and honored to be able to help out and be a smaller part of a very larger kinder project! We have both endured quite a bit of loss and struggles between our two families over the years....I found this project and the whole idea of the program to be so wonderful and I hope that the kindness in Tuscon continues :) Very blessed to have been opened up to this experience.

Posted on January 6, 2015

Brian Collins writes …

Me and my my wife were going to walk the dog on Sunday. As we were sitting in the car I noticed the colorful object in the tree. We went for a walk and when we came back I went and investigated the object. Here it was a Ben's Bells in West Chester Ohio. I read the card and learned about Ben's Bells and the message it brings. We will be hanging it in our back yard this spring.

Posted on December 30, 2014

Jenifer writes …

I am giving bracelet 25845 to my sister Shauna who has been my support and rock all my life. But recently she has especially been helpful and loving as I struggle with health issues. She's kind and has shared her kindness with me always. ❤️

Posted on December 30, 2014

Susan Ashcraft writes …

I gave my bracelet to our daughter, Kelly Cotte because she has a very kind spirit. She goes out of her way to do kind things for others. Today I didn't have any money in my wallet to make a little donation to the Salvation Army bell ringers pot (which we have always done since the children were small) because I had given all of the money in my wallet for a generous tip to a manicurist. After leaving the check out area with our groceries, she pulled two one dollar bills with a smile and gave me one to put in the Salvation Army's pot. She also has been knitting warm neck scarves for the homeless and gives them out as stops for a traffic light. The world is truly blessed because she is a part of trying to pay it forward with random acts of kindness.
Kelly's mom, Susan

Posted on December 22, 2014

Alisa Robinson writes …

Today is Monday. Our "library day," where Amelia, age four, Charlotte, age one and I spend the morning at Story Time. We check out loads of books, head home for lunch and then read away the afternoon.

I just didn't have it in me this morning to do "library day." Despite my best efforts my thoughts kept drifting off. As I was driving my son to school, the roads seemed quieter and less busy than usual. I kept remembering the events of two years ago, reflecting upon their impact. I told the girls we had to return the DVD to the library, but it wouldn't be a book day.

We dropped our DVD into the outside box, but while driving out of the parking lot, something caught my eye. I saw a glimpse of bright blue and yellow hanging from the side door railing of the library. A Ben's Bell.

Amelia was in awe. Immediately, she said "Mommy, I have found a kindness bell!" She remembered painting pieces for the bells, but had never seen a completed bell. She admired the colors and the cupcake on it, and read the tag aloud.

Seeing her with the bell changed me. It gave me pause and reminded me that when people work together, they create something beautiful. For that, I am forever grateful. We spent the rest of the day snuggled on the couch, reading.

Posted on December 15, 2014

Jaime writes …

Gave my seat to a woman on the subway and she gave me a Ben's Bell Kindness Coin. Made my day.

Posted on December 12, 2014

Allison Grady writes …

I passed along a be kind bracelet numbered 19206 I purchased at a Phoenix event to a lovely 2 year old child who demonstrated pure kindness. Her friend also 2 was upset because he hurt himself. This lovely little girl offered him kindness by offering toys to make him feel better. She initiated this herself. Even the youngest have the capacity to be kind.

Posted on December 11, 2014

Tyly writes …

Found a BB and it made me smile!

Posted on December 4, 2014

The Innocence of a Child writes …

We spent Thanksgiving at my in-laws. The weekend following we visited the local zoo, as we do nearly every time we go to grandma's and grandpa's house. As we exited I looked across the park and noticed the gardens where my husband and I had taken wedding photos 14 years ago. I decided to take our 5 kids over there to see the hibernating gardens, not sure why I have never done so, and why I decided to do so now, in the middle of winter, but we did. We were taking humorous family photos in the gazebo. My 4 year old called his older sister over to investigate what he'd found. It was a Ben's Bell!! We were so excited. We'd never heard of them, but it was a meaningful souvenir from our walk down memory lane. As we looked back through the photos it is in the background, but it took the curiosity of a innocent child to find it. We plan to hang it in the yard come spring, but for now it hangs in our home, so we can ring it as we walk past. We are 1,100 miles from Tucson, not sure how it arrived where it did, but we are sure glad it did.

Posted on November 29, 2014

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