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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

Mary from Stratford, CT writes …

I found my Ben's Bells outside of my chiropracter's office in Westport, CT. hanging in the bushes surrounded by snow. I will do my best to spread some kindness and will proudly hang this in my yeard.

Posted on February 21, 2014

Heather writes …

I found Ben's Bell at the Hospice of the valley in Phoenix, AZ. My mother was there dying of cancer, in her 50's. I went outside to clear my head and the world seemed so quite.There was a slight breeze that day and I heard the little bell.It was like everything around me was normal but my world was a little slower and quiter. I went over and read what it said and took it home with me toBoise, Idaho.I have it hanging outside right now. We will enjoy it a little longer then come summer I will set it out for someone else to find and cherish.Kindness brings out the best in people. One small thing can make someone's day. Just remember that. Open a door, ask how someone is doing, buy their groceries or coffee. We tend to forget what an act of kindness is or does. One thing, one thing, can change someone's attitude and they are likely to pay it forward as well. Like Charlie Chaplin(1889-1977 comedic actor, writer, filmaker) once said, "We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. To the team at Ben's Bells thank you♡♥

Posted on February 14, 2014

Anonymous writes …

I love this site and Ben gives so much faith. He should be an inspiration to all.

Posted on February 6, 2014

Anonymous writes …

Loved reading the stories of those lucky enough to have found one of Ben's Bells. Although created from a loss your spreading of kindness has rippled near & far. Your work is inspirational & as i am sure you know, Ben's life/memory made a huge impact in the lives of all his bells touch. his short time with you has changed the lives/days/moments of so many people - thanks for what you do & thanks to those who shared their stories here about the impact of finding/spreadind a bell/kindness in your life. (ps I have a bens bells sticker on my garage door as a visual reminder to be kind) :)

Posted on February 1, 2014

Michelle Murguia writes …

Everyday my school counceler helps kids with problems and I think that is awesome. I know it is her job, but she really seams like she loves solving promblems. I think of her as the schools Hero!

Posted on January 29, 2014

Lelia Hurd writes …

From 2nd to 5th grade I was tortured because of my race and I was called many derogatory terms at a young age, Until recently, I have had problems in school when it comes to hatred and discrimination. That's when I moved away, still hurt I found Ben's bells and knowing what it meant it gave me hope. Hope for a better future, hope for a forgiving past but most of all hope for those who font understand that words do hurt and that we all have feelings. Ben's Bells has inspired me to become a better person, and to help those in need along the way. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Posted on January 29, 2014

Maggie Andrews writes …

Ben's Bells popped into my head randomly tonight and I googled to make sure you guys still were still around. I found a Ben's Bell back in the Spring of 2006 on my way to work at Tucson High. I randomly stopped at the grocery store that morning and when I turned to walk to the entrance, there it was hanging from a tree! I don't even know how I knew what it was, but I did! I thought, NO WAY!!! I found one?! And now I have to reach up and take it!! I was scared that something so special wasn't for me yet excited that it was and I had found it. I still have it! And I LOVE it!! 

What a special project and way to promote kindness and unity in your community. Since finding that bell, I have moved 6 times!! It has made the move each time. Thank you for making the world that much brighter :) Thank you for the strength and bravery to turn your pain into something so honoring and beautiful, bringing delight to the stranger who secretly finds one.

Posted on January 19, 2014

Gary and Signe Gillum writes …

In 1986 we both lost our spouses to either cancer or stroke. We had been family friends long before, but now it seemed that we needed to marry and raise our blended family of 17 children. Because of our losses we parented with kindness. As a consequence all of our children are living normal lives and are gainfully employed. In turn, they have given us a total of 78 grandchildren so far--and 5 greats. Thank you, Ben's Bells and Tucson for enabling us to further spread kindness. We've only lived in Tucson for a little over two years, so we're just getting started. Love your studio!

Posted on January 10, 2014

Cynthia writes …

I was starting my walking with my son's, mom & dad today. As I was climbing over the gate in such an odd place I found the Bens bell hanging on the gate. At 1st I was a little shocked! My mom said it's yours now you have to spread the kindness! She knew what it was. I read the note it had and was in awe! I'm feeling very blessed and that it was meant to be! What a great way to "ring" in the new years! My son whom was a little fussy held on to it during our walk/ run as I pushed him in his stroller. Thank you Bens family mom, dad & big brother! God bless you all! It's so amazing how Bens soul is still living!! I'm very touched!! I'm going to spread the kindness!!

Posted on January 10, 2014

Bettina writes …

I found one while out on a walk with my son and dog today. I feel that we're blessed as it had a quote from Paramahansa Yogananda on it, and I've always been fonda Yogananda.

Posted on January 7, 2014

Theresa writes …

I found my Ben's Bell while I was making a fast food run to Mc Donald's with my boyfriend. As soon as I pulled up I yelled "OH NO WAY A BENS BELL" I was jumping around my car and freaking out telling him to gab it fast and he just looked at me like I was crazy or somthing. I snatched it off the tree and instantly his it in my car. Wide spread kindness is my motivation for living day to day. It is key to spread love and kindness to everyone, even the unkind, because they need it the most. I hope to one day stop by the studio and pitch in my effort to help the cause

Posted on January 7, 2014

Anonymous writes …

I had just started out on my run when I found a Ben's Bells hanging from a sign at the entrance to the park. I stopped to read the note attached to the bells and decided if the bells were still there after my run, then it was truly meant to be. So when it came time to exit, and the bells were still there, I brought them home to continue to share power of kindness.

Posted on January 6, 2014

Lynda writes …

I work in the ER up in Flagstaff, AZ, and came out to my car after a long shift to a "BensBell" hanging from the tree in front of my car. At first I couldn't decide if I should take it... but alas, after reading the note over a few times, decided this was meant for me at this time. It made my night, as it had been a long, hard day. I was so thankful for the reminder of what is important and why I do what I do. I'm hanging on to it for now - at least for a week or two - but plan to pass it on when the time seems right - anonymously of course. Thank you for your wonderful, kind, courageous efforts. Much love.

Posted on January 5, 2014

Suazy, Greensboro, NC writes …

Greensboro's Center City Park hosted a New Year's Day Kindness Meditation. It was so rewarding to see 2 people find Ben's Bells at the event. One woman was so excited and she gave her bell to the yoga instructor who led the meditation. The other woman spent some time trying to decide if she should take the bell. She read the tag several times. Then she smiled and took the bell. What a great way to "ring" in the new year. Kindness Matters!

Posted on January 1, 2014

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