your stories

Frances Castro writes …

I found a Ben's Bell today :) It was hanging from the branch of a Palo Verde tree. As soon as I spotted it, I pulled over to the side of the road and I ran to to retrieve it. I was so happy! I have always wanted to find one! I appreciate the message behind the bell and I believe being kind is medicine to the soul. Everyday my intention is to be kind to others, yet it is not easy when kindness is misconstrued as weakness or is returned with ungratefulness. Nonetheless, I will continue to be kind, as I believe kindness is a tool that builds bridges and forms connections with others. Thank you Ben's Bell for this beautiful gift.

Posted on December 17, 2016

Diane Dahl writes …

Sun City Grand,Surprise AZ

Today we came across a lovely bell while walking our dogs thru our community center.
I loved it from a distance and my husband knew right away it was a Bens bell.
We had seen a segment on the local news.
I believe in karma~Today we found that bell because we believe people matter.
Thank you for your work and kindness.
Peace be with us all.

Posted on December 17, 2016

Norma V writes …

I'm a single mother of 2 teenagers and on Nov 6th 2016 m father passed away and I have been in an emotional rollercoaster. He had been such a great support to my kids and myself. Yesterday being Thanksgiving was really hard for us since it was our tradition to cook and have dinner at his home. As I was getting into the elevator today at work I looked to the side of me and saw a BB wind chime at first I was not sure what it was but then I realized what it was. At that moment I realized I was one lucky person to have found it.
a huge THANK YOU for your kindness to the person that put it there

Posted on November 25, 2016

Gina Yanez Luna writes …

This week has had a lot of ups and downs. Moving to a new home, watching my grand baby and a not so well grade in my college math class. I remember seeing something on tv about Ben's Bells and saying to myself I want one of those bells. Time went on and Ben's Bells was lost somewhere in the back of my mind. As I was leaving Estrella Community College today, my lost dream was ringing slightly in the tree as I was walking by I thank God that I was finally able to find a Ben's Bell. The idea behind this kindness is the best thing ever. Thank you so much

Posted on November 8, 2016

Jamie Ferrone writes …

Jeannette Mare visited our elementary school today to talk with our students about the importance of intentional kindness. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I noticed something hanging from a post in the ground- it was a Ben's Bell! I was so excited to be the guardian of this precious gift and even more excited to realize the Jeannette was that person who hung this special bell.
I will treasure this special bell and will remember to spread kindness always.

Posted on November 4, 2016

Teri writes …

I received a random text from my sister mentioning our deceased aunts name on Oct. 23. That happened to be aunties birthday. Our aunt was an avid Cubbies fan. The text was in response to a text from our brother, saying "I hope daddy was watching the Cubs win". He also has passed on.
Shortly after starting my morning bike ride, I noticed my favorite color, red, hanging from the fence along the bike path. I gave a little squeal of delight and hit the brakes. I found a BB!!! Yay. Thank you daddy, auntie and especially Ben.
It was a celebration for us all!

Posted on October 24, 2016

Jessica writes …

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my grandmothers death. She was one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Always helping others and teaching me to do the same. Subsequently on my walk this morning I was thinking about her and what she would say about the trees, when I noticed a bell with a tag. Always curious I climbed the planter to get a closer look and it was a Bens Bell... This brightened my in so many ways, just want to thank who ever left this gift. It just goes to show you that even the smallest act of kindness can have a huge impact.

I can't say it enough... thank you.

Posted on October 17, 2016

Sean C. writes …

Today my wife and me were pulling into a parking spot at a big box store, she noticed an elderly woman looking confused . My wife said she lost her car . We got out and asked if this was the case , and sure enough . She told us that she was 93 yrs old , gave us the make model and license plate of her vehicle . We found the car within just a few minutes . She then presented us with a ben's bell . Neither one of us had ever heard of this before . Just knew she needed help . We love the bell and the idea behind it . Thank you

Posted on October 4, 2016

Mary and Bob Hiebeler writes …

I found a bens bell hanging on my awning at a vintage camper rally in vermont. I love it and love the meaning of them, thank you thank you.

Posted on September 24, 2016

Remy writes …

I was ecstatic to find a Ben's Bell. It has been a challenging year for me with much personal growth. Ben's Bell has given me the reassrance that I am now ready to be "fully" present and can with my whole heart "BE KIND". I have been given many blessings and miracles and Ben's Bell reminds me it is my time to spread those blessings and miracles.

In deep appreciation, I am grateful to have a Ben' Bell.

Peace, Love and Laughter - Remy

Posted on September 15, 2016

Lisa Imbrogno writes …

We found a beautiful wind chime hanging from a tree at the desert botanical gardens a few days ago. We were on our last day of vacation, visiting from California, and we had one last stop to make, which was the desert botanical gardens. We had just parked and my husband asked, "do you see that wind chime hanging from the tree right there?" I looked over and saw it and he decided to get out and check it out. He brought it over and we read about Ben's Bells. What an awesome thing to find! Got a great thing going on!

Posted on August 18, 2016

Rebecca writes …

2016 hasn't been the best for me. Had a lot of rough patches between my dad getting sick and my parents relationship not being at the best, also I myself not feeling the best since I've been extremely stressed out. Since I decided not to in enroll for college this fall I went with my grandparents to Hatch, New Mexico. I thought this was a good way to get away from the stress and it has been. One of our stops was at Chiricahua National Moments in Arizona and that's where I found the bell. I should explain I've never even heard of this until now. I was totally shocked and thought this was an amazing find, especially since I travelled hundreds of miles to get there ( I live in Wyoming). It warmed my heart. I think its amazing that so much effort is put into these and it has an amazing message behind it.

Thank you for doing this. This will truly be something I mention to friends and family after my trip.

Posted on August 16, 2016

Liz writes …

I work at a hotel in Chicago, Illinois, and today I was given a Ben's Bells Kindness Coin from a guest. This just made my day! Friday's can be a highly stressful day in the hospitality industry, and sometimes you just don't see enough kindness being spread as much as it should. The woman thanked me for being so kind to her and to keep the coin. I have been looking at this website and plan to make some purchases as well to keep paying it forward. It's the little things in life! Love the organization! :)

Posted on August 12, 2016

Christie Roth writes …

My friend and I have been walking 6 days a week (church on Sunday) for over 15 years. In that time together we have found 4 or 5 of your bells. I have given them away as gifts. One to a young lady that graduated from college and going into social work for very under privileged children with dreadful life circumstances. She was so touched by the Ben’s Bells and each time she is home from Portland and I see her, she thanks me. They have made a difference in her life as well as mine.

I have always had mine hanging my the back door and my 9 grandchildren and I have made it a habit of ringing the bell and making a conscience decision to do good each day. Enough rambling, a long time father figure to me passed away and was buried this past weekend. He was the pastor that baptized me, buried both of my parents and renewed by husband and my wedding vows. It was a very emotional day. My husband had shoulder surgery 3 days prior to this and I could go on. Then my refrigerator quit while we were at the funeral. I moved it to turn the water off from the ice maker, it hit the wine rack that had my Ben’s Bells hanging on it, everything fell, the wine bottles stayed intact, but my Ben’s Bells broke. That was my breaking point. I just sat on the floor and sobbed , I carefully tried to see if I could glue the pieces back together and no way, but am saving all the pieces and cherishing them just the same. I have read your story to my grandchildren as well as everyone that has seen them hanging in my home and those I gave them to. I want to thank you for making so many people’s lives richer. On Monday morning when I told my walking friend that I had broken the bell, the tears started again. She assured we will keep our eyes open for another one in our journeys. Even if I never find another, I will cherish the broken pieces I have.

May God Bless you and the lives you have changed.

My best,

Christie Roth
Eagle, Idaho

Posted on August 8, 2016

Eric Sophiea writes …

I found a Ben’s Bell today. I’ve always known that if I found one of these in the city I would admire it, ring the bell, and leave it for the next person to claim.

However, this bell was in the desert that I love, at the head of a trail I’ve walked over four-hundred times. It’s a trail that has granted me passage in blazing heat, snow, sleet, hail, graupel, torrential downpours and gentle drizzles, frigid cold, crazy wind, gentle breezes, fog(!) and so many days of perfect weather. This trail parallels an arroyo who’s sand has been under my feet on the most joyous day of my life, the saddest day, days of brilliance and my darkest times. I’ve followed every canyon and drainage that crosses it, run my hands over its beds of fossilized ripple marks, admired the ancient glyphs chipped into its patinad stone, and been blown away to see glow-worms on its rocky slopes. I’ve seen it in bright sunlight, radiant moonlight, dim starlight, and many shades of “sunset.” I've run up it at full-speed on the strongest legs and limped down it with agony in each step. On it, I’ve watched a tiny sliver of moon rise just before dawn, chased sunsets, enjoyed meteor showers and seen eclipses of the sun and moon. I know it intimately and that allows me to appreciate and see new things nearly every time I’m on it.

I lifted the bell gently. It gave a pleasant ring. As the sound of the bell faded, these words went through my head, as though someone spoke them to me: “this is here, on this trail, for a reason; for you to find.” I didn’t expect that.

I deeply respect the Ben's Bells Project and what they have done. The random but intentional acts of kindness that are spread through your work are remarkable and fill a deep need in my hometown of Tucson. I also had the pleasure to work with Ben’s father, a good man and brilliant teacher. Thank you, Ben’s Bells, and whoever put this bell out there!

Posted on August 5, 2016

Keri Bierman writes …

Today during a trip to the first movie I have been to in maybe over two years I saw your beautiful wind charm hanging from the tree in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Phoenix. I said to my hubby how beautiful it was and proceeded to investigate it. I was overjoyed when I read the card attached to it as the timing was so spiritual and meaningful for me. I have not been a very nice person lately, not to my husband, my family, or the people I pass on my travels through this world. Well, last night I got a migraine worse then I have experienced in years and no matter what medication or steps I took it lasted for over 6 hours until I finally passed out for lack of a better term. Well during this I saw my life and realized how blessed I am that I am usually healthy and that I have such a wonderful family. I vowed to myself and my God that I would change and try to make at least the small change of being a kinder person to make others lives better. Then today (the day after) I find this, it will ALWAYS be a reminder of my vow and the importance of kindness to ourselves, the ones around us, people in this world and the animals that enrich our lives. Thank you, you will never truly know the blessing that this has brought me.

Posted on July 25, 2016

Kerri writes …

Every year my family spends a week on Cape Cod. We stay in the same house on the same week, a vacation steeped in tradition. In past years this house has swelled with our growing family.
This year the house was all too quiet.
My 2 year old son Kai died from an inoperable brain tumor in November 2012. A year later my 30 year old brother was diagnosed with a different unrelated cancer, which took his life this past November(2015). Two weeks later our uncle Greg, the life of any party, the giver of joy and innocents, died after a long and fulfilling life with Downs Syndrome.
Needless to say the cape will never be the same.
One morning, overwhelmed by the quiet I took a walk down the street to a coffee shop, Woolfies. On my way I noticed an SUV with CT plates that was adorn with bright bumper stickers. One stood out. It read "BE KIND. Ben's bells" Being a bereaved mom, who also now works with other families with sick kids I had a feeling I should know more about Ben and I took a picture of the sticker so I would remember to look it up later.
As I walked out of the shop coffee in hand, I noticed something hanging on the white picket fence in front of me. I walked over and it was a Ben's Bells!
I read the card but hesitated at first to take it, wanting to leave it for another to happen upon. But as I stood there, a family to my right, me all alone, I accepted that this bell was for me. I shared Ben's Bells with my family and we kept it out on the table the rest of our vacation. My Ben's Bell now hangs in the window my son Kai's room, a bright and colorful reminder of the joys of childhood and the transcendent connection that the death of a child can bring to us if we are willing to look up and accept it.
Thank you Ben, Ben's mom and Ben's Bells for helping me to remember in that moment, that I am not alone.
Kerri, Kai's mom
www.lifeofkai.me

Posted on July 24, 2016

Trish writes …

What a wonderful site. A Bens Bell in a tree. I had just left my home after a very bad day. Life has been a challenge recently and to find a bell was amazing. It put a smile on my face and hope in my heart. I have hung the bell where I will see it every morning. Thanks to all of you that have helped make this happen.

Posted on July 18, 2016

Steven Cota writes …

Sunday's I usually go down to Green Valley after walking Brandi Fenton Park with my dog, to visit my dad while my mom goes to church. My dad passed last Sunday the 10th. So today after walking the park I was about to drive off to go home and not Green Valley, and BAM! there it was! a Ben's Bell! I looked up and smiled!

Posted on July 17, 2016

Yasmin writes …

During a recent trip to Washington DC I visited the FDR memorial early one morning. I sat down to take in the beautiful view and looked up and there was a Ben's Bell hanging in a tree.

I am going to hang it in my garden in Orlando, Florida. What a wonderful message and an unexpected souvenir from a great family trip.

Thank you!

Yasmin

Posted on July 17, 2016

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