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Rosanna writes …

On Sunday afternoon April 24, 2016 we were driving back home to Arizona from El Paso, TX. I was driving my car & my husband was driving his truck back home. The truck was in El Paso getting the transmission fixed. We passed Deming, NM and my husband calls me on the phone. He tells me lets stop at the rest area. We have never stopped at that rest area we have always waited till we got to lordsburg NM. As we were walking we heard a bell on a tree. We just glanced at it & continued to the restroom. My husband tells me I'm gonna take that bell. I was like "No, what if it's here for decorations". We saw the note.. You have found bens bell. Take it home, hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout the world. I said aww how thoughtful. Very beautiful thank you. Reminded me of the time when my Sisters & I went through the drive thru at McDonalds during thanksgiving time. We paid for the couples meal that was behind us. Left a note & said happy thanksgiving from the Suarez Girls. Bens Bell is in our home in Arizona.

Posted on April 26, 2016

Broadhead Family writes …

Today someone left a bell in the tree in our front yard. We have 4 living children and have lost 5. The most recent loss was exactly 2 weeks ago, and has been very difficult.
I don't know how one of your bells made it to Lethbridge Alberta Canada but it was very much needed to lift our hearts a little while we walk through the pain.
Grateful that your moments of suffering inspired something so wonderful that it now lifts others in theirs.

Posted on April 18, 2016

Alice & Jeff (Meridian, ID) writes …

Our life is upside down right now & we were wondering if we would ever catch a break. Last night we pulled into the parking lot of our hotel & went up to the room to pick-up a few things. We weren't gone 10 min. & when we came back down - there in the tree we parked next to was one of Ben's Bell's. We read the attached message & thought the meaning behind it was pretty powerful. It gives us hope that everything will be ok & we will gladly pass along the kindness & hope that is being shared with us.

Posted on April 15, 2016

Melissa Urreiztieta writes …

My son, Lezo, sadly passed away December 20, 2013; he was 20 years old. He was a 110 high hurdler for the University of Arizona track team and the state champion in the same event from his high school, Canyon Del Oro. Before he died he was asked to be a member of the Step Up! Be Kind program at the University of Arizona which consists of student-athletes from various sports who exhibit exemplary character, integrity and leadership skills and always Step Up! in defining moments.  The University of Arizona athletic department has completed one thousand acts of kindness in Lezo's name. Kindness and love are all that matters in this world!!! Lezo's mom, Melissa

 

 

Posted on April 14, 2016

Mary writes …

This morning I found one of Ben's Bell's hang from a tree in a parking lot in Gilbert. I drive a school bus and park there during my little down time I have between schools and there it was. Thank you so much it really touched me more than you could know. Mary

Posted on April 13, 2016

B C D writes …

I was feeling sorry for myself today. Feeling unappreciated and hurting from words spoken by someone that I cared for very much.
I decided to go to the nursery to cheer myself up, the garden is full of flowers blooming and the garden is my favorite spot. Most women go shopping for clothes, me I go shopping for plants. I parked the car in the parking lot and as I got out I noticed a wind chime hanging on a metal post in front of the car beside me. As I started walking by admiring it I noticed a note attached to it. There was a lady and her dog walking by at the same time. I read the note and realized it was one of Ben's Bell's I knew about Ben's Bell's and wished that I might find one someday.
I felt this one was meant for me as the person that parked in front of it nor the lady walking her dog had seen it. It now hangs proudly in my garden to remind me of the day Ben helped to smile again.
What a wonderful thing you have done! Reminding us that just a simple act of kindness is all we need sometimes. Hugs to you all.
BC in Tucson

Posted on April 12, 2016

Denice Blake and John Blackwell writes …

Ben's Bells,

I was so delighted to find a Ben's Bell hanging in the little lot that John Blackwell and I have planted and maintained for 15 years at the northwest corner of Country Club and E. 1st. Street. It's been a labor of love and it was so gratifying to receive the kind of recognition that your group works so hard to dispense.

Denice Blake

Posted on April 12, 2016

Tess T writes …

The other day my friend Kate and her boyfriend found a Ben's bell at a restaurant in Boise, ID. I thought it was so adorable and a great message. To my own surprise I found one of my own about a week and a half later! I was so excited. It was hanging on a tree outside my apartment complex and I immediately pulled over to pick it up. I love the Ben's Bells mission and can't wait to hopefully get more involved in the future.

Posted on April 8, 2016

Maggie writes …

I found a Bens Bell today at my son's school hanging from a tree in the parking lot. His school is in Marana. I am so happy to have found this! I have a special needs son who is ten years old and this has just been one of those weeks that I have been feeling a little down. So thank you to whoever placed this bell in the tree for me to find today! It came at the perfect time for me and made me smile!

Posted on April 7, 2016

Abigail A. writes …

I have always spotted the "Be Kind" stickers on cars, water bottles, and items throughout Tucson. I was walking along 4th Avenue for the street fair, and saw the "Be Kind" booth, so I stopped by. I wanted to learn more about this organization and the mission of Ben's Bells so I asked the volunteer and was so touched by the story. As luck would have it, I ended up finding a Ben's Bell later that same day after a late night study session at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (UACOM).

What touched me the most about the story was how acts of kindness can do so much for people, especially during some of the hardest moments of their lives. Having dealt with the loss of family members and friends in high school, the mission of spreading and performing acts of kindness really resonated with me. My family has also had bad luck with medical problems over the years. My grandmother had been in and out of the hospital and several members of my family have struggled with battling cancer. The kindness and empathy the nurses and doctors have shown my family over the years greatly influenced my pursuit of a medical career. I am currently a medical student at the UACOM and excited to see what the future holds.

The interesting coincidence is that after learning about Ben's Bells' mission today, I went to the UACOM to study. After a long study session, I was walking to my car and spotted something hanging in a tree. To my surprise it was a Ben's Bell! I am excited to keep it my Ben's Bell as a reminder of this special day, and hope that I can continue be an example and share kindness as a future physician.

Posted on April 4, 2016

Michela Bowman writes …

The other day I was running along the Rillito River, baby in tow, when I noticed something orange hanging from a tree off the path. I actually kept running but something told me to turn around and check out the orange chime further and I am so glad that I did. Thank you so much to the KIND stranger who left the beautiful Ben's Bell in my path. I was having such a terrible day and was feeling so horrible but somehow finding the chime turned my entire day around. I can't wait to share this story with my son when he gets older.

Posted on March 30, 2016

Roslyn Haslam writes …

my husband and I went to Sydney Australia for our 24th wedding anniversary. We went for a walk under the Harbour bridge and my husband spotted this chime hanging from a tree. I read the note and it was a Ben's Bell and the note attached said to take it. At first I felt funny taking it but I did in the end and it really touched my heart. When we returned home I went to the web site and had no idea it was so huge. The part that surprised me was there was no mention of Australia it was all in America. So I hung it up at home and I love it but I wish I knew the story behind it,like who hung it and why we were the lucky ones to find it. Thank you to the person who shared this special chime I wish it could save our best friend who is dying with brain cancer. Regards Roz

Posted on March 28, 2016

Nina T writes …

A handful of Saturdays ago, we were at the library and noticed one hanging from a tree outside. We took it home and hung it on the office door. I love to listen to the sound. So do the cats. This weekend I moved it to the computer tower desk so I can give a little ring whenever I'm feeling rushed and overwhelmed.

Posted on March 27, 2016

Julie H writes …

Tonight I found a Ben's Bell on my evening walk, it was just hanging on a tree next to the sidewalk on a busy street. I almost walked past it when I went back to read the note and then again, almost decided not to do what it said. But it was so gorgeous that I felt like I should take it home and put it in another tree and hope that someone else can find it. Then I just got online to check this website. I hadn't heard of this awesome project and I'm excited to have found one. I was definitely feeling sorry for myself on this walk, as I'm just 6 days out from a major surgery and wanted to be further along with my healing. I needed to take this walk to get out of the house because I had been barking at my 2 kids. :)
Thanks again whoever left it for me to find.
Julie in Boise, Idaho

Posted on March 27, 2016

Brandon L writes …

I was touched to find a Ben's Bell on the URI campus right before Spring Break. Where it seemed like everyone has the chance to go home or away on vacation, but I was staying on campus. After finding the Ben's Bell I was reminded of how fortunate I was to even have a spring break and be able to have as many wonderful friends that I do, near and far. I hope to keep spreading the simple, but necessary message of Ben's Bells and keep spreading kindness forward.

Posted on March 23, 2016

Tracy D. writes …

Today after working all day volunteering to set up the Air Show on Davis-Monthan AFB I found a Ben's Bells just hanging from one of the barriers. Just as I was leaving to go home for the day I saw a pretty wind chime hanging from a barrier. I showed it to my friend and we read the card, she is the one who persuaded me to take the bell. I was so touched by this act of kindness. Now as I spend my weekend volunteering for the Air Show I will be thinking of this generous gift and planning how I can pay it forward. I never imagined I would find a Ben's Bells on and Air Force Base, this just goes to show that random acts of kindness are everywhere. Thank you to the kind soul who placed this where I found it, I will be forever grateful and I will make sure I pass it on!

Posted on March 11, 2016

Julie DeLaFuente writes …

I was walking my dog Skyler at Udahll Park when I noticed something colorful hanging from the doorknob of a utility building. I walked over and saw this beautiful bell with a note explaining what it was. I had seen the Be Kind Murals and heard of Ben's Bells but to actually find one made me soooo happy! I have it hanging on my back porch and seem to tell the story of finding it to many. Everyday it's a reminder to me to be kind. thank you for such a random act of kindness. Julie, Tucson AZ

Posted on March 10, 2016

Kristel Andersen writes …

My daughter and I found our beautiful Ben's Bells yesterday afternoon while leaving her school in Norwalk, CT! What a pleasant surprise after having such a hard and emotionally draining week. Thank you for sending me a beautiful random act of kindness when it was most needed :o) Will continue to pay it forward :o)

Posted on March 9, 2016

Vivian Derouin writes …

I spotted this at the entrance to the valley trail in Trumbull, CT today. My first thought is that someone dropped it and someone placed it there so it could be found. I looked closer and read the writing on it: I was too happy to take it home as a memory to be kinder. All . The . Time .
It resonates with a quote from Jewel: In the end, only kindness matters. I believe this to be true.
I believe this spiritually, not religiously as I've grown older. Kindness makes a difference.

Posted on March 5, 2016

Marge writes …

Today started like any other Saturday. I was playing golf and as I approached the 9th hole there hanging from a tree was a Ben's Bell. At first I read the card smiled and started to walk away when I realized it said to take the bell. Since taking that bell this morning I have smiled all day and have just a warm feeling inside. I hope to help spread kindness and to remember the wonderful feeling finding Ben's Bell gave me.

Thank you..

Posted on March 5, 2016

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