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Foothills Animal Rescue writes …

Our staff was surprised to find a beautiful bell hanging on one of the trees in front of our Brynne Smith Memorial Campus and Adoption Center in Scottsdale. This was the sweetest surprise! We moved the bell closer to our front door so that potential adopters can see it as they enter our shelter.

One of our adoptable kitties, Marcus, has Feline Leukemia and cannot be exposed to cats who do not have the disease. Our volunteers like to take him outside in a special (and secure) cat stroller so that he can get some fresh air. Now Marcus can also enjoy the bell.

Thanks To Ben's Bells and the special person who left it for us.

Posted on October 31, 2017

Cheryl Howell writes …

Today I took a walk over the bridge on the 101 between 59th and 67th ave in Glendale . I was looking for a little inspiration and this is the bridge that we locked heart locks in honor of my son Austen that passed away. I was deep in thought reflecting on my journey and what direction I should take moving forward , when I saw this beautiful wind chime hanging on the bridge fence. I walked closer to it and read the message on it. It made me smile as I lifted it off the fence and placed it in my bag. I found a place to sit so that I could use my phone to look up where ben’s bells originated. I was moved by the website and the message that radiated from it. I immediately purchased tickets for the talk that just happens to be 4 days from now in the Phoenix area! I was looking for inspiration today and I certainly found it. I look forward to seeing where I can become a part of ben’s bells. Such a beautiful message to spread ~

Posted on October 30, 2017

Anne Grass writes …

I was walking my dog, alone, in my central Phoenix neighborhood this morning. My husband of 29 years hadn't come with us. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in August and is receiving daily radiation and weekly chemo. He is too weak to walk the dog. Our world has become very small. Caring for someone 24/7 (even someone you love) is draining, emotionally and physically. I am on a leave from work. I miss my job and friends. I find myself feeling sad and frustrated. A quick walk around the block with the dog was always a good way to clear my head. As we approached a corner, I saw the Ben's Bell hanging on a low fence. I knew immediately what it was... but still felt nervous taking it. I was in disbelief. Was this a special message just for me? The bell jingled beautifully as we continued our walk home. One of the beads was shaped like a small snail. I have decided that the snail is reminding me that my husband's recovery will be a slow, but steady process. We will get through this! My beautiful bell will remind me every day! I am so grateful!

Posted on October 28, 2017

Chris B. writes …

I found a Ben's Bell in Phoenix and just finished reading the story behind the bells. What a great way to help spread kindness in a world that desperately needs it. Not only did the bell make me smile but it helped me remember that there are still random acts of kindness that are happening daily. Thank you for making my day and nudging me to continue to be kind and helpful to others.

Posted on October 27, 2017

Shery writes …

Wow, what a beautiful way to spread kindness! I was riding my bike home from my job as cafeteria manager at my neighborhood elementary school, when I passed by the bell hanging from a tree near the parent drop off lane. My curiosity got the best of me, so I turned around and thought, oh no, someone put a nice decoration in the tree... I hope nobody breaks it. Then I read the note and it brought a smile to my face! I brought it home and hung it on my "wind chime orange tree" by my back patio, where I will remember the kindness message from Ben's Bells every time it rings! It is truly an inspiration to continue the kindness everyday -thank you!

Posted on October 25, 2017

Karen writes …

On 9/28 my husband and I were heading up to Las Vegas to visit our niece and celebrate her son's birthday. We stopped to gas up at Fry's at Thornydale & Tangerine. We found a Ben's Bells hanging on the gas pump. We decided to take it with us and give it to our niece. She did not know anything about Ben's Bells so I told her how it was organized and their mission. We left on Sunday morning and Sunday night the horrible shooting occurred at the Country Western Concert. So happy we took it with us & shared the mission of Ben's Bells. It was meant to be.

Posted on October 6, 2017

Rick Surber writes …

I found a bell on a run in the Boise foothills. What a cool idea, it made my day! I will be sure to find a way to pass your kind act on. Thank you so much!

Posted on September 28, 2017

Konnie Gowdey writes …

My heart is filled with such joy this morning. On my daily morning walk in Phoenix, I spotted something shiny, bright, colorful hanging in a tree. As I walked closer, I read the note. Imagine my delight! I try and live my life with kindness and believe strongly in the power of kindness. Now I have my beautiful Ben's Bell hanging in a tree in my backyard. In the mornings when I sit outside enjoying my coffee and writing in my journal, I will be even more inspired to spread kindness. Thank you!
Lots of joy, love, & kindness!

Posted on September 21, 2017

Michelle writes …

Hi all my partner was out walking our dog in Dublin and came across your bell and it couldn't have come at a better time I had just had a rough week and and didn't think anyone was kind and this just proved to me there was, so thank x x

Posted on September 6, 2017

Linda Ropp writes …

My husband had surgery, then a complication and back to the hospital. Days later, I was driving him around, running errands, as he had not been able to drive for a few days. We pulled into a parking spot by World of Nutrition Store in our town. It was a spot with a "speck of shade" as he would be staying in the car. I looked over and there it was. "Ben's Bell". I teared up and was so blessed to find this bell. I just wanted to cry. Our Red Hat Group of ladies painted some of the ceramic flowers a few years ago. You have no idea how much finding this bell meant to me. It was meant to be for me to find that this day.

Posted on September 2, 2017

Jackie Agenbroad writes …

I used to live in Arizona and knew about Ben's bells but never thought I would find one in Boise,Id. I moved here after my husband passed away. My daughter and I were visiting the VA cemetery to remember my husband when I found a Ben's Bell in a tree as we were leaving. I was feeling down and finding the bell was such a wonderful surprise and really brought me out of a funk. You do such a wonderful service.

Posted on August 31, 2017

Amber Coyle writes …

I work at St. Luke’s Hospital in McCall, Idaho. My co-worker brought me in to her office, and pointed to something hanging in the tree outside her window. We didn’t know what it was, or where it came from. When we went outside to look at it, we found a beautiful Ben’s Bell! On the attached note were the words “Take it home, hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout our world.” I got goose bumps up and down my arms. Recently, a friend of mine and her young son died in a tragic car accident. These two special people were like angels on earth, and spread so much kindness and love everywhere they went, every day. They were such big part of this community, and will always be missed. When I read the note on the Ben’s Bell, I immediately thought of them. It was almost as if it was a message from them, asking all of us to show kindness in our community and around the world. I’m so glad I can take the Ben’s Bells home, share it with my family, and inspire my children to realize the impact of kindness. Thank you for touching so many lives!

Posted on August 31, 2017

Donna Hill writes …

My husband and I were visiting the Grand Canyon last week. At an over look I noticed the beautiful Ben's Bell wind chime attached to the explanation of the view.
I was very hesitant to take it! Read the card 3 times! It now resides in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, my home. I hate to give it up, but I want to share the happiness.
Thank you for the blessing!

Posted on August 28, 2017

Laura writes …

We were in Boise, Idaho on our way to see the total eclipse in Weiser last week. We stopped for a visit at the Anne Frank Museum. Off in the distance I saw something orange in color hanging from a tree. As I walked over I heard the bell. It was amazing to read the tag and to learn that I was to take this with me. I have it hanging now in my patio at home. And I am excited to support this project and purchase some items to place in my town. Thank you for helping us to remember that is easy to be kind and to spread kindness. Cheers. Laura P.

Posted on August 28, 2017

Amanda Campbell writes …

I just wanted to say thank you to the kind gentleman that gave me a Ben's Bells today. My oldest son, age 10, my niece, age 3, and I were at the little store in our tiny town of Slick, OK. I was taking my niece for a ride on our Polaris Ranger and we stopped at the store for a lemonade and to chat with friends. We were standing outside talking with a nice gentleman we'd just met and enjoying conversation when this man pulled up on his motorcycle. We saw him, smiled at him and went back to loading up getting ready to go. I buckled my niece in the booster seat, fixed her hair in a pony tail and made sure my son was buckled up. I sat down in the drivers seat and buckled myself up when this gentleman walked over to us. He asked if I was the Momma here and I said I was. He had this beautiful clay flower with a small note attached in his hand and said "I just wanted to tell you you're doing a good job, thank you for being kind and to keep up the kindness". I was floored. I told him thank you so much, that it was beautiful and to have a blessed day. He really made my day and had a huge impact on my 10 year old son. My son told him that when we saw another Momma doing a good job we would pass it along. Sometimes a simple act and a kindness from a stranger has an impact far beyond their own understanding. We've had a rough week and that really just made me honestly believe that everything will be okay and that everything happens for a reason. Thank you, kind stranger. We will pass along your kindness and can only hope that person will pass it along as well. Please know you ARE making a difference in the world!!!

Posted on August 26, 2017

Mandy Sorensen writes …

On a very hot day in the end of August, we pulled into Wahweap Marina at Lake Powell in Arizona. It was the start of a week long boating trip that included our family of 5 (three young boys), our closest friends and their two boys, and my husband's parents. My husband had grown up vacationing on this lake and was excited to share all the beauty and adventure with us. As we were just about done unloading our tons and tons of gear in the hot, hot sun, I looked up to see a Ben's Bell hanging from the sign post in front of our car. My first instinct was that someone must have lost or forgotten it, so I was inclined to take it into the visitor center for safe keeping. When I read the tag, I was surprised and touched, and decided it needed to come with us on the boat. We gave it a ring whenever one of the kids showed kindness, and the breeze caught it each morning as a reminder to fill our hearts with sunshine that day. It is now home with us in Seattle, where it will continue to remind us of the great memories we shared on that trip, and to lead with love every day.

Posted on August 22, 2017

Jeanie writes …

I work in a conversation store in Drumright, Oklahoma and today I had a customer come in. He grabbed my hand and handed me a little piece of paper with a little flower tied to it. Followed by him saying (I want you to have this and thank you the few times I have been in here, you are always so sweet and kind) then told me how much it meant to him. I had to fight back tears as I watched him walk out and get on his motorcycle. The gentleman will never realize how much he impacted me. My husband died 17 years ago on August 8th; this time of year is still very hard and I still have days were I feel like that 25 year old widow with 2 babies in a lost world. I was blessed by an angel today! I am so thankful to the people in my life, especially the ones I thought I was invisible to. This little flower tied to a small paper has more power than you realize.

Thank you so much for what you have done for people. I want you to know that today, 8/13/17, what you are doing matters and you can help heal a heart.

With Love and Kindness
Jeanie

Posted on August 13, 2017

Susan Denison writes …

What a surprise. I saw the sun shining on something colorful in the young tree as I was leaving the MD Anderson Cancer Center. I just completed my second week of radiation therapy. I went to examine the thing in the tree and was so excited to find a Ben's Bell. Receiving this surprise, and the tag said I could bring it home, was such a blessing. I needed that kindness that day. I will enjoy my bell but plan to return it soon so another person coming or going from radiation will be blessed. Thanks to whom ever hung this bell. I'm truly grateful for the unexpected kindness. Susan

Posted on August 8, 2017

Sharon Hanley writes …

On July 20 we were in Newport, CT. We were waiting for the skiff to take us back to our cruise ship. We were looking for shade, so we were under a tree. My husband, Dan, looked up and saw a wind chime. He read the card and took the chime down.
We were so excited to be able to find a chime and the wisdom written on the card.
It was so special to find and we shared the story/chime with the people on the skiff. We will be proud to hang it and tell the story to our family and friends. Thank You!

Posted on July 26, 2017

Jacqueline writes …

Today I was in the ER with my 10 year old daughter (who happens to be Autistic). Gloria, the lady who goes to each room to check on you and do billing, came in to do so for us. My daughter has a fixation on asking people where they are from, where their family comes from, and where they would like to go. She is truly full of questions! Unprompted, when our time with Gloria was up, my daughter kindly asked her to have a wonderful day despite the rain, and thanked her for coming to visit us and asking us the mandatory questions. Gloria reached into her pocket and gave us a coin! She said my daughter was probably the nicest kid she had met in a long time, special needs or not, and the proof was in the way she spoke and how polite she was. Apparently, parents don't teach their kids manners anymore?! Who knew! Made my day to think something so simple made her day enough to give us a coin! Will def carry it forward!

Posted on July 24, 2017

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