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Colleen writes …

I am having emotional issues in my life. My darling Father died unexpectedly on Valentines Day evening. I am going through an emotional divorce. My Mom isn't well. I found a bell outside my workplace while unlocking the doors early this morning.
Seeing the bell, I instantly knew it was meant for me. I took it as a sign from my guardian angels. It was just what I needed. I want to pass this feeling along!

Posted on April 2, 2014

Vawn Smith Schroll writes …

In October of 2012 I had a routine colonoscopy that caused a splenic rupture. Recovery was slow and very painful. October of 2013 I had to undergo another extensive surgery to repair my torn abdominal wall and muscles.
I was a runner before this accident. My dogs and I would head to the park each morning for a daily romp. It's been so long since I had been there.
Today is a beautiful warm day here in Greensboro NC. I decided to venture out to that park I used to frequent and take a walk with a friend. What a wonderful site to see some bright color hanging in a tree. Upon reading the note attached to the bell I felt giddy. It was like a surprise put there just to make me smile. This act of kindness has been just the lift I needed. I can't wait to pass it on......

Posted on April 1, 2014

Diana writes …

On a beautiful Monday morning, I was driving to 7:00am mass at Blessed Sacrament Church when I looked over to a tree in the Sequoya Elementary school and saw a wind chime. I parked my car in the lot, walked to the tree and then tears of joy filled my eyes when I realized that a "Ben's Bell" angel found me! Thank you for that moment which I will hold in my heart forever. I hope to pass this bell on so that your gift of kindness will continue. May you be blessed!

Posted on April 1, 2014

Brittany writes …

I was walking in the park with a friend today when we heard a tinkling sound and found the Ben's Bell on a rail. We were so excited to find out but sadly there were two of us and just one chime. We continued on and saw another one hanging from a tree! Now we could each take one home. We are Social Work Masters students, graduating in just 5 short weeks. This is a reminder of the impact of the work we do each day, trying to push the community to support it's members. Also, we are in Greensboro, NC and wondering how these got all the way out here to us!?

Posted on April 1, 2014

Melanie Barnes writes …

My dog Pita and I were on our morning walk today when I spotted something hanging in a tree at the edge of Carriage Lane Park in Mesa. I have read about Ben's Bells and think it is a beautiful project, so my first thought was "Could it be?!". I walked over to the tree and read the card which delightfully confirmed my suspicion and had me excitedly telling Pita that "We found a Ben's Bell!!". I rushed back home to show my boyfriend - it seems as if it was made for us, since it is blue (his favorite color) and orange (my favorite color). Maybe it is a message to be more kind to each other - like most couples that have been together for fourteen years, sometimes kindness gets buried under the everyday worries and stresses. When I left for work and turned on Pandora, the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" came on and then I noticed a personalized license plate that read "BeLove". What an extraordinary start to my day! I hope you open a studio in the Phoenix metro area, so I can volunteer to help spread the very important message of kindness. Thank you for making my day, week, month, ...

Posted on April 1, 2014

The Brown Family writes …

I was walking into work and saw something hanging from a palm tree in the court yard.
I said to my co worker what is that? We walked closer and found the Ben's Bell and Instantly felt the love and kindness. Two months ago my husband was Diagnosed with Lung cancer and a month ago he had part of his right lung removed. He is doing well but is has taken a toll on all of the family. It is a times like this that the smallest of things lift your spirits. So thank you who ever left this bell every time we here it it ring it will bring happiness to our family and remind us how blessed we are.
Glendale, Az

Posted on March 31, 2014

Patti Creek writes …

My husband and I are workcampers at a 55 and older R.V. park in Mesa Az in the winter and live in Janesville Wisconsin in the summers.Snowbirds. My parents have a place in AZ in th
e winters here in Mesa also. A year ago March 30th 2013 my Dad died of a heart attack while we were here in Mesa. My 6 siblings back in Wisconsin and Indiana had to be notified that their Dad was no longer with us. It was the hardest thing to do. Coming upon his 1st Anniversary my heart was heavy I was emotional about everything. On Saturday the 29th while working at the camp I saw a wind chime hanging in the tree in front of the building we work in. Although I noticed it and wondered why I hadnt noticed it before I went into work anyway. I picked up the paper and a story about a little boy who died in his mothers arms caught my eye. As soon as I started readying it I jumped up and ran to the tree outside. It was a Bens Bell. I havent stopped smiling since. I swear my Dad had something to do with someone hanging it right outside our work. He would want me to be kind and smile he is at peace. I have read alot about Bens Bells since saturday and will be doing something to help next year when we are here. My heart goes out to Bens family and everyone that has volunteered to make his anniversary so special and for everyone that has found a Bens Bell including me.
Hearts Blessings
Patti Creek

Posted on March 31, 2014

Paul Parker writes …

I live in Surprise, AZ and work in Scottsdale, AZ as a Manufacture Rep. I went down to Tucson, AZ to help a dealer work his booth at the SAHBA Show 3-27-14 thru 3-30-14. As I was walking into the show on 3-29-14 by the trolley stop on S. Granada and W. Cushing I saw this thing hanging, so I walked up to it and read the note attached to it and I was so excited that it said to take it, I DID! I will hang this bell in my backyard with pride.
KEEP UP THE RANDOM PLACINGS OF THESE BELLS!

Posted on March 31, 2014

Dana writes …

After 10 years, my husband and I found out I was pregnant and we were finally going to have our second child. We and our daughter had waited so long for this and were very excited. then last week, we were told the baby's heart had stopped and I would have to have a procedure to remove the baby. The night before I was scheduled to have the procedure, my water broke and I went into labor and delivered our second baby. I had never miscarried or lost a child before and was completely heartbroken. I cried everyday, couldn't sleep and barely ate. On Sunday, my husband and I took our daughter to the park along with my family. We were all playing with the kids and I decided to wonder over to the trees. I heard a tinkling sound and looked over and saw a Ben's Bell. I didn't know what it was but saw a tag on it and read the kind message. It instantly put a smile on my face and reminded me that there are good people in this world and to have faith. I took the bell home and my family and I will always treasure it and the hope that it gives us. Thank you!

Posted on March 31, 2014

Kate McCullough writes …

Our little community of Yarnell/Peeples Valley, Arizona is still in the middle of trying to recover from the devastating fire last June 30th, that took many homes and the lives of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots.
Since that time, we have been amazed and overwhelmed at the kindness and generosity of peoples from all over the world. We were humbled and touched deeply when the community of Newtown and the Sandy Hook tragedy reached out to us with comfort and advice. Now our thoughts go to the folks involved with the mudslide tragedy in Oso, Washington.
This morning my husband Gerry and I decided to weed and work along a fence line that we usually ignore. And that's how we found the Ben's Bell hanging from a little tree. What a sweet and wonderful thing to find--kept us smiling throughout our weeding and digging. We will not take the bell into our house. We will let it hang on that branch on our little dirt road so our neighbors can enjoy it too.
Our community center will be holding a Ben's Bell workshop this June--the one year anniversary of our fire. We will all welcome the chance to pay it forward.

Posted on March 30, 2014

Cynda writes …

Today my son Sam and I, came home to find a bell on our front gate. We had spent the morning at church and then at the site where my oldest son, Jacob, was killed in Jan. I said to Sam as I got into the truck after retreiving the bell from the gate "It is so amazing the continued kindness we are receiving". I had not heard of Bensbells, but immediately came here and found you. How wonderful. Thank you so much to whoever left it for us to find. We have been truly blessed by the acts of kindness from so many.

Posted on March 30, 2014

Deborah from Phoenix writes …

I took my dog for an early morning walk today. It was a beautiful Spring day. On the weekends I take my dog on a different route. Ceasar (my dog) stopped to take in the smells of a blooming desert Bush. While he was smelling, I was looking at all the plants in bloom. Then something caught my eye. First a small rectangular piece of paper. Then the colors from the chime called out. I had to investigate. Then my hands touched this amazing piece of art. I read the attached note and smiled. Then I told Ceasar it was my lucky day. He must have picked up on my joy because he jumped for joy with me. It was a special moment. I have shared this experience with family and friends. Thank you Ben's Bell. I will definitely pay the kindness forward. Peace:)

Posted on March 30, 2014

Ashly writes …

I found a Ben’s Bell today and I just couldn’t believe it.. I read it over and over again in shock that it was really for me. I have volunteered for Ben’s Bells numerous times and truly love the message it gives. I am a student at the University of Arizona and work in the dorms as a desk assistant. I had been working all day so I stepped outside for some fresh air and was just sitting on a bench thinking. It was a Saturday and all my friends were out having fun at a pool party, but I had to work to earn some much-needed money. I am a senior graduating in 7 weeks having a really hard time with this whole growing up thing. I have been living is Tucson for 5 years now and have learned to call this place my home, and now it was time to leave and start a new chapter in my life. I feel scared, anxious, and sometimes just want to cry. I have many loving friends and family, but still feel so alone at times. Well today I found a Ben’s Bells, and I have a feeling in my heart that everything will be okay. It reminded me to be kind, not only to others but also to yourself, which I often forget to do.

Thank you for the person who left this beautiful gift for me to find. I write this tearing up and hope they know how much this brightened my day.

Posted on March 29, 2014

ashlee dickson writes …

recently I was at anthem park fishing with my dad I walked to get a drink and I found a bell hanging from a tree I went up to the bell and read it and took it off the tree I showed my dad I took it home and hung it to spread kindness I think they are fascinating please look out for these fascinating creations

Posted on March 29, 2014

Dawn Bunch writes …

I was having a few struggles in my life and had been telling my best friend that I felt God was telling me to go and be out in nature with Him. The more time I spent outdoors the more blessings and God winks, as I call them, had been happening to me. On this beautiful Saturday I decided to walk to my gym. On the way home I took the long route....and that is when I saw this beautiful red wind chime hanging in a tree. I kind of looked around and thought, hmm, how odd to have something so pretty hanging on a tree in the middle of nowhere. I read the attached card and it said to take it, and spread kindness. I had a smile on my face the whole way home and I felt so special to have come upon this. I got home and researched it and came across the story of Ben's Bells. How this little angel lost his life and how his Mother chose to take such pain and turn it around. This bell and story touched my heart and my soul. I found a picture of little Ben and posted it to my facebook, along with his story and how I came across the bell. I knew God wanted me to come upon this bell and so did little Ben. Now I feel so blessed to have a little guardian angel named Ben. I hung this bell in my bedroom so it is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see before I go to bed. Ben, you had an amazing mother, she brings your life into celebration every day and yet touches others hearts also. She reminds the world that life is way too short and to always, always be kind. XO

Posted on March 29, 2014

Meppy C. writes …

Since December 14, 2012, I have not pulled into the parking lot of my workplace, Cider Mill School, without the daily reminder of the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary. So, I find it extremely fitting that when leaving school on this sunny, spring-like day, I spotted the most charming wind chime bell. The beautiful colors caught my eye as it was hanging alone on a bare tree limb. I smiled and continued to walk towards my car. When all of a sudden, it dawned on me that it was a Ben's Bell. I had to go back to admire it. The note read "You have FOUND a Ben's Bell. Take it home. Hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout your world."

So, I did. I took this bell home to my family and we will cherish it forever as it will continue to remind us to always be kind. After reading more about Ben's family's hope. We will pay it forward by spending a Saturday at the studio in Newtown to volunteer our time during Open Studio hours to help with the creations of Ben's Bells. The project states that as a community we have the power to change the world by committing to kindness, one interaction at a time.

Thank you to the anonymous person who placed the bell and brighten my day.

Posted on March 11, 2014

Rae S. writes …

The most BEAUTIFUL thing happened to me today ... In the midst of getting very anxious about my upcoming surgery, on my way to work I was looking for some inner peace and strength in reflection & prayer. Looking for a sign, something in nature, the shape of the ice on the water maybe, a bird, something that meant everything was going to be okay. As I walked back to my car at lunch, which was parked in the exact same spot it always is, my attention was caught by a soft tinkling sound, familiar but misplaced. Just last evening my son Mason was talking about parents using cowbells to cheer at swim meets, it actually sounded like a tiny cowbell. That soft tinkling sound made me stop in my tracks and turn completely around. I am eternally grateful that something made me stop, knew what would make me stop and turn around. I was truly given a remarkable sign. A sign that was symbolic and powerful in more ways than I could possibly express. It was an ever elusive Ben's Bell hung on a small sapling by the Saugatuck river next to my car in downtown Westport, CT. Our family has been looking for one of these bells daily in my town of Sandy Hook for over a year, since i heard about their story after the tragedy that struck our quiet town, wishing with all my might that I would find one of these special bells, but never one found. I darted across the street hardly looking and dashed through the two foot snow mounds up past my boots like a giddy child as people around me walked by oblivious, as this bell was apparently meant for me. Green flower, my favorite color, with a huge well balanced purple heart (symbol of bravery) topped with a regal blue elephant (a sign of luck and prosperity and something my mother used to love, she always wore one). My hands are shaking and I'm crying happy tears. And while I am still worried about my surgery I can finally catch my breath .. There are no accidents this one in particular was put here especially for me. Thank you God! . The quote attached to the bell: "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end". Remarkable. Just Remarkable
Posted on March 8, 2014

Beha writes …

thank the lord for bens bells its a tragic that ben had to die im sorryu for your loss but maybe you guys can make time worht of ur loss
Posted on March 6, 2014

Alice writes …

Found it in a Westport, Ct dog park. This is brilliant

We need more happiness and less tragedy

Posted on February 28, 2014

anonymous writes …

While visiting my husband's family in Boise, Idaho, I found something hanging in a tree outside the Warhawk Museum. I thought it was such a bright spot decorating a winter tree, but my husband read the tag and told me I could take it home! Reading about Ben's Bells on-line had even more meaning for me, as the struggle through pain reaches all of our lives. This is a very special thing for me, and I will continue the kindness. btw, I am from Phoenix, AZ

Posted on February 24, 2014

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