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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

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

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