I found the bell this morning while providing orientation and mobility training for a student with vision impairments. It was hanging on an observation deck overlooking Brennen's Wave in Missoula, MT. The student heard the ringing and we went to take a closer look. What a nice surprise! Of course I had to go home and look up the web site. I love the idea and the bell. Is someone doing this in Missoula or was it a random gift of kindness?
Jolene writes …
Lacie E writes …
I found a Ben's Bell today! I had parked my car at Target in Goodyear Az and got my little guy out. Walked to the cart corral and something kept telling me to look back toward my car. And there it was! Hanging from the tree right next to my car! I said to my little guy "what's this?!" As I walked closer I could see it was a windchime. I thought maybe someone had lost it and another person hung it up. So I read the tag and it was for me! What a special gift!
Alexandria Rodriguez writes …
My son and I were about to get gas at a frys gas station and as I was pulling up I saw a blue Ben’s Bell hanging from a metal crate near our gas pump! It was so exciting to find the bell and I showed my young son immediately after I picked it up. He was so fascinated by the bell and loved the colors of the beads. This is definitely a memory I will cherish forever.
John H writes …
I arrived at work this morning and saw the bell hanging in a small tree near my car. I walked over to see exactly what it was and read the tag. What a nice surprise at 5:45am. Brought a smile to my face. I am now deciding if I want to take it home with me or hang it in my office.
Tom Hansen writes …
We found our Ben's Bells attached to a play structure in Phoenix when our daughters were young. We were visiting family and brought the chime home to Sonoma, CA. It has hung in our backyard arbor for many years and has inspired many acts of kindness in Ben's name. Our daughter, I believe similar to Ben's age, just graduated high school. The sound of Ben's bell was present during her celebratory party and I have been thinking of Ben and your family in the days since.
Although the original note has long since weathered away, I was able to find your website and was heartened to see that the movement in Ben's name is alive and flourishing. We are sharing a bell as a thank you gift for our friends and family in hopes that acts of kindness inspired by your family and Ben will continue to spread and have a positive impact on those that we cherish and love.
I cannot tell you how many times I have thought about you and your family. In the summer evenings, with the windows open, I can hear the chime from my room and I think of you, your family, and your son. I have wished for peace and have been inspired by your wish for acts of kindness. I am so sorry for your loss, and I am even more inspired by your courage and desire to spread love in Ben's name.
Mary Mendralla writes …
This past Memorial Holiday weekend I was so happy to finally visit a BEN'S BELL shop location> It was the first stop on my trip from Chicago
My sweet sister in law had donated to BB for my birthday this past September, and I just had to see this idea in action
Visiting was everything I thought it would be and I cant wait to return so we can volunteer some of our time to help paint Kndness Coins, Hearts and anything else we can lend a artistic touch to.
January 2014 was a very sad time in our family, my oldest son Thomas decided that the world around him was just too much and he ended his Light at the young age of almost 32
His final words to his family, friends, acquaintances and enemies (if there were any) was to be KINDER TO ONE ANOTHER NICER YOU KNOW
I took my son's last words and have stepped out of bed each day for the past 4= years with the mindset of making the world a KINDER NICER Place. We volunteer helping out many organizations all with his message in mind, just trying to make a difference to those who may need a hug and a kind word to make a difference in their lives
It did my heart good to find out that there are hundreds that make this happen each day with the beautiful BB pieces and their continued hard work in their communities thru education and installations
I bought a orange heart (my son's favorite color) to hang in the park that we have a stone to mark the time he was here with us. I hope it makes those who see it smile and for those who need a little boost on a bad day I hope it warms their heart knowing there are many great people in the world working on a much needed KINDNESS factor
Thank you so much to all who are connected to this outstanding organization, thank you for reminding me that I am not alone in the mission to make a KIND difference in today's world
If you are ever interested in starting a BB In the CHICAGO land area I would be honored to do whatever I can to make it happen
Much love and KINDNESS
Tori T writes …
I recently came back from my brother's graduation on the East Coast. Celebrating personal and family milestones this month have been rather heartbreaking. My Dad, brother, best friend and beloved dog have passed every other year from each other since 2011.
Yesterday, a purple kindness chime dangled beside my car at a shopping center in Ahwatukee. It reminded me of the beauty of this lifetime and mended my soul. As a student at UofA, I'm familiar and very fond of Ben's Bells. Your compassion is a spontaneous, tender blessing that brought me to tears. I plan to further this act of kindness by hanging the chime at the cemetery where my Dad and brother are buried, so that another grieving person may be comforted.
PJ Arinsberg writes …
I found a Ben's bell in my apartment complex.I was walking by and heard a ringing and I looked for the sound and found it in a tree.It was near the picnic area.I am only 11 years old ,I brought it home and my mom and I looked it up and read what it was about.We are from York,Pennsylvania. This made my day, I even showed it to my boy scout master .
Margarida Galrito writes …
I had never heard of Ben's Bells. I found him hanging from a tree as I paused to rest from a descent into the Grand Canyon. Last We were a big group with people from all over the world. I'm from Portugal and I'm living in Washington for a few more months. I felt it was a gift to me. I picked up the tree, read it, and loved the message. I will take you with me to Portugal and if that place was magic for me it will still be remembered with more magic. Thank you for spreading gratitude and magic.
Hugs Margarida Galrito (Portugal)
Kim N writes …
Hi, I just found a Ben's Bell at my apartment complex. I was sitting in my apartment and heard the bell, and went out to the patio and looked around and I saw it hanging from a tree so I went to retrieve it. I started spreading kindness throughout the world on January 1, 2017 by giving police officers a handwritten thank you card to thank them for everything they do to protect our communities, and I also give them a police prayer card to keep them safe. Since 1/1/17 I have given out thousands of cards, and I also mail them to different states. I have given Tucson Police Department cards, Brush Colorado Police Department cards, sent cards to Coral Springs Florida, North Carolina, and other various police stations. Finding this Ben's Bell today means to me that my journey of thanking police officers is spreading kindness throughout the world, and just reminds me that I am blessed to have found this bell, and able to give thanks to others! Thank you Ben's Bell for inspiring me to promote kindness and for being there (with the sound of the bell) when you need that extra push to keep on going!
Michelle J writes …
As I was strolling through the beautiful McDowell Mountains neighborhood to cross over to the Gateway trails for my weekly hike and as I was deep in thought something made me look up. As I neared my destination the sight of a cute colorful flower chime hanging from a tree caught my attention. I had to investigate. I loved how it dangled from the tree with the majestic mountains in the background. I read what the little note said but was not sure if the neighbors had put it there to decorate the tree because it really looked like it belonged there! I had never heard of Ben's Bells and was hesitant to take it, not sure if if was meant for me. But interestingly enough I remembered my daily mediation of the day was on kindness. I smiled and just decided to leave it there on the tree where it seemed happy.
Today as I did my daily lunch meditation, I could not help but think about that bell and wondered if it was still there maybe I would take it home with me, maybe the universe was sending me some good vibes and a sign. I have been going through a major difficult change and transition with my job that I love and it has stirred up a lot of stress, anxiety and feelings of uncertainty and at times feelings of loneliness. Today as I struggled to grapple with my emotions and feelings I took a chance and swung over to the tree spot to see if the kind bell was still there and indeed it was. I came right back to work and googled up the website and read about Ben's story and some other people's stories and it brought tears to my eyes and a smile. Thank for helping me to feel not so alone and sharing a lovely gift that made my day.
P.S. the tree appreciated it too! :)
Katelynn C writes …
After a stressful day, I was leaving work and saw something hanging from a tree I was parked next to. I had seen Ben’s Bells on the news months earlier and thought to myself “Oh my gosh, that’s a Ben’s Bell!!” With excitement I walked over and sure enough, it was. It totally changed my mood and made my day! I called my mom and she shared my excitement. It really makes you think of ways to pay it forward, and has inspired me to promote kindness, even in small ways everyday.
Sam Stainbrook writes …
On Saturday, March 31st, I was meeting a friend at Phoenix Theatre. I passed up several parking spaces to be near a tree. My friend was several minutes late and I sat in my car playing a game on my phone. When he arrived, I gathered my things and stepped out of the car and there it was. I had found a Ben's Bell. I knew right away what it was. You will never understand my excitement. I never thought I would actually find one. I have seen several news stories over the years regarding the bells, but how high the odds were of ever finding one. I have told many friends of my good fortune, but none of them knew about Ben's Bells. I appreciate your wonderful gift. It definitely made my day.
Ginger & Kevin Hansen writes …
Our twin granddaughters passed away at birth from Twin to Twin transfusion. Our daughter came up with this event....#Play4PiperandPaisley . Every year we celebrate our twin angel granddaughters, Piper & Paisley's Heavenly Birthday by leaving gifts at a park with a tag which tells a little about Twin to Twin transfusion and how we would love for other kids to celebrate their birthdays with us! There's also info on it that they could post on social media if they wanted to share the celebration after finding the gift! Our little Angels would've been 4 years old today! While walking through the park I noticed a wind chime hanging in a tree we walked by and told my husband about it. He told me to go read it and found it to be Ben's Bells beautiful Act of Kindness wind chime. Of course we took it home with us and thought what a special gift for us on such a special day!! We will keep it forever! To top it all off the kids who found the gifts we left were TWINS!! God is amazing!
Casey writes …
I work for Hospice of the Valley at their inpatient unit Eckstein Center in Scottsdale..I was coming out of a patients room at 2:00a.m. I was walking down the hall and there it was!!!!! outside hanging on the fence rail!!!! I felt immediate gratitude to be the one to find the Bens Bell!!!! We were just talking 1 day ago about volunteering to make Bens Bells!!!...I believe in signs and if we just listen and look they are all over! with this job we (employees and volunteers) are always asked "how can you do this type of work??? Easy!!! Just be Kind!
Its an Honor always to care for someone who cannot care for themselves. We meet so many wonderful patients and Families. I once told a patient "you are the nicest person ever" and she told me "oh honey...its so much easier to be kind then mean"....I carry and repeat her words often.
I will leave my Bens Bell hanging in our unit for awhile to help all who see remember to spread kindness!
How cool is it that I found a BensBell!!!! yay for me!
Natalie Thares writes …
My husband had to take a trip to Aberdeen SD yesterday. We live in North Lemmon North Dakota, (across the tracks from Lemmon, SD) We like to stop in this messy old rest stop outside Mobridge SD. He did yesterday and found a Bens Bell. This meant a lot to us. My daughter has Be Kind tattooed on her arm, and we all work towards that.
I love your program for schools, I am a lunch lady and any kindness program works for me. Thanks for what you do and now Ben will also live in our house and hearts. Natalie
William(Bill) Tritz writes …
I recently pulled up to the Tucson library and saw before me an odd thing hanging on a bush. I thought to myself some kid left an art project. I went over and found it was a Ben's Bells. What a wonderful surprise. I came to Tucson 13 years ago struggling with a co-occurring illnesses. Addiction and Bi-polar. I have been clean and mentally stable for a year and 2 months and 25 days. Im getting ready to attend the U of A Recovery Support Specialist Institute. My life is improving and I am helping others in recovery. Thanks BENSBELLS !!!
Cherie Kirschbaum writes …
Thank you for doing what you do to raise awareness Hello,
It has been almost a year since we moved to Tucson and I am seeing where life leads me next. Over the holidays my husband and I took our grandchildren to the Tucson Museum of Art. As we turned into the parking lot, my 7 yr old granddaughter, said STOP, there's a Ben's Bell. So as she was pulling it from the tree, I asked what that was and so I learned about Ben's Bells. I then asked her about all of the KIND logo's I've seen and once again, she provided information. She then said, it is important to be kind! Thank you for helping us all remeber that kindness is essential.
J R WILSON writes …
I WAS WAITING FOR MY WIFE TO FINISH HER MASSAGE,TAKES ABOUT AN HOUR. THE DOG AND I USUALLY FOR FOR A WALK.WE HAVE BEEN COMING TO THIS BUSINESS FOR YEARS.I WAS WALKING WITH DOG, RUDY AROUND SOME TREES. I SPIED SOMETHING HANGING IN THE TREE. I WENT OVER TO CHECK IT OUT. I READ THE NOTE ON IT AND WALKED AWAY. WHO LEAVES THINGS FOR FREE HANGING IN TREES? AFTER OUR WALK I WENT BACK TO SEE IF IT WAS STILL THERE. STILL THERE SO I DECIDED TO TAKE IT. I ALSO LEFT A DONATION WIRED TO THE TREE. I TOOK IT HOME AND HUNG IT FROM A TREE IN OUR FRONT YARD. ALL MY NEIGHBORS HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT IT. I HOPE TO SEE MORE BEN'S BELLS IN OUR AREA. I LIVE IN BOISE IDAHO.
Jane Grethel writes …
Loved receiving a beautiful ornament in the mail from my friend Jerry in Tucson.
I am sending a donation in his name. I live in Bonita Springs Florida, passing the bell on to my grandson Ben in Loveland Ohio. I wonder how far it will travel!