your stories

Chris Tinsley writes …

I was at work Thursday morning when I came across one of your bills lying on a bench, I picked up the bell and read the card it said take it home hang it in your yard and remember to spread kindness how about world, this definitely put a smile on my face. As I was walking along doing my job I came across another one I was hoping I would get a chance to see someone else receive a gift as well. Thank you for this beautiful gift it is hanging up and one of my trees in the backyard.

Posted on March 20, 2015

Dawn writes …

I decided to walk the mile from my house to the bus stop because I woke up in a terrible mood and sometimes exercise helps. The walk did leave me feeling better, but when I arrived at the bus stop a Ben's Bell was waiting for me. It brought a smile to my face and changed my outlook so that I had a completely different day than the one I had anticipated. I have wanted one ever since I heard about them, so I said something on Facebook about a bell finding me. Friends and family members who had never heard of the organization are now aware of it.

Posted on March 17, 2015

Jill writes …

It was 2011 after the tragic shootings in Tucson. I knew Gabe Zimmerman who was killed that day. A couple of weeks later I was at the bus stop and there was a woman with her son coming up to hang the bell. I told her I knew what they were and what they were for. Then I told them about losing Gabe and they gave me a hug. That meant a lot to me finding a Ben's Bell that day.

It was 2015 when I was at a different bus stop and I found another one. I am going to send this bell to my cousin in Indiana. I put the website address on it, so he can read up on what Ben's Bells is all about.

Thanks to all of you for this wonderful idea and gift you gave me when I was down and out. It gave me new hope for humanity.

Posted on March 16, 2015

Lori writes …

I found my ben's bell at work one day. I work in the service industry so I am kind all day long!

It is extra special to me because I live in Newtown CT and my son attends elementary school.

I plan to hang the wind chime outside when the weather is finally nice!!

Posted on March 10, 2015

Karla Erickson writes …

A friend I work with at TEP was awarded a Ben's Bell for his charity work and thought it was such an wonderful way to express gratitude for all the good he does. We live in Vail and my husband and I always walk in Vail in Rancho Del Lago area. It is such a calm and peaceful way to enjoy all we have been given and blessed with. Tonight was a very special walk. There was a Ben's Bell hanging on a railing but I did not really know what it was at the time. When we came back around from our walk I said that is just beautiful and then read the card. What an amazing gift we found. I was not sure whether I should take it or not but it sang my name and I wanted to come home and see how I could forward SUCH A WONDERFUL AND THOUGHTFUL GIFT. I came to the site and was amazed at how wonderful the Ben Bell's can be to people and what a statement it can make in everyone's life and way of treating others. I plan on donating tonight to make sure this precious gift can be passed on to others. Thank you to whomever left it and may our donation help spread your words of kindness!

Posted on March 10, 2015

Judy Gamboa writes …

it was my birthday yesterday and my husband and I went for a hike in Catalina state park.As I was hiking I noticed a bright object off the trail.I went to check it out and noticed it was a beautiful Ben's Bell hanging on a tree
it was such a joyful moment to find a Ben's Bell on my birthday.... such a very very special gift. I love the concept of passing kindness to others,as I taught children for over 30 years stressing Kindness is Power. I felt so special and grateful to find it. Kindness will change the world and I will continue to spread kindness.. Thank you Ben's Bell for my beautiful gift!!

Posted on March 6, 2015

Lil brian writes …

I went to lunch today and ran into a cute little boy who I found out was 4. The little boy and I kept making contact in a non-verbal way. When the mother corrected him I broke down and cried. She called him Luke. My son Luke, passed away 2 years ago. I know this was a sign from him. The family left and then the mother came back in and gave me a Ben's bell. When she told me the story I felt comforted. Thank you Ben and family and all of the volunteers who touched me here in Miami. I will contact you all so I can take Ben's bell to our local childrens hospital.

Posted on March 3, 2015

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