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Courtney writes …

I was walking around Downtown Orlando because my friend and I wanted to pay our respects to the victims of the Pulse shooting. We decided to park a few blocks away from the memorial that was set up because we wanted to take our time and enjoy our beautiful city that we call home. On our way back to the car I unintentionally left my friend, who stopped to take some pictures, so when I noticed she wasn't with me I stopped and waited for her to catch up when I noticed something hanging in a tree nearby. I walked over to it and I was unable to read the note as it hung so I took it off the branch and read that it was a Ben's Bell. I felt honor that I found such a thing! So I placed it back where I found it and left to get my friend. She was interested and went over to the tree and took it. She gave it to me and said I need to learn to read because it says to take it not leave it. We both laughed and at that moment we knew everything was going to be okay.

Posted on June 30, 2016

Debbie Earnhardt writes …

Been in a slump lately. Walking my dog yesterday morning in Durham, North Carolina, and noticed a little ring echoing in the breeze. Looked up and saw this beautiful little thing. I noticed a tag on it so I went to read it - thought someone in the neighborhood might be selling them. How tickled when I read the note. And realized that someone intentionally placed it there to make someone's day. Someone who had their eyes wide open, looking for the beauty around them. I found it. And will continue to spread happiness to others, known and unknown, remembering how good it feels. Thanks resident of Chancellors Ridge. I am thankful for you taking the time to participate in this beautiful movement.

Posted on June 22, 2016

Paul writes …

A week ago, friends and family gathered here to inter the cremated remains of my companion and spouse of more than 50 years. And in her honor and memory we planted a tree that will provide food for birds. A friend from Tucson came to be present and to participate. She brought a Ben's Bell. Many years ago my spouse had carefully printed on a 3x5 card attached to the refrigerator that simple message: BE KIND she wrote. It became the key to our lives together. I am delighted that the idea, even if from a different source, is spreading. More information about her and many of her essays and poems are posted at www.SmashingIkons.com.

Posted on June 18, 2016

Lisa writes …

I love to take my dog into the foothills of Boise, Idaho for long walks. While doing so yesterday, I heard a soft bell tingling in the sagebrush. Paying closer attention I discovered a Ben's Bell tucked up out of sight on a sagebrush branch. I knew immediately what it was and could barely contain my excitement. After all that has occurred in Orlando this past week it was a beautiful reminder there ARE kind people in the world we live in. I now have this wonderful token to view every day! Can't wait to pay it forward with an intentional act of kindness.

Posted on June 15, 2016

Jennifer Pearson writes …

I routinely take a four mile walk along the St.Johns river in Jacksonville,Fl.The other day as I was heading back to my vehicle,a stream of colors caught my eye.I look over along a wall near a drinking fountain and there was my Ben's Bell.At first I thought maybe someone dropped it and another had found it and placed it there in hopes of owner finding it.I get closer and noticed the tag,at first it was Spanish,flipped it over and was able to read what it was all about.One word for me,amazed! I've been going through a lot of trying times.Me being the one to discover this bell really makes sense.Gave me such an inspiring feeling along with giving me hope that things will improve.Want to say thank you to whomever left it,and to the creators,great work your doing.Keep it up!

Posted on June 13, 2016

Rose and Rose writes …

Tonight while we were working at Citifield the home of the New York Mets, we saw something hanging on the gate at the entranceway to the ballpark. We though someone had lost it and just waited for someone to return to claim it. As the night passed we saw that there was a tag on it. It was a Ben's Bell. Never hearing about it, we continued to read what the message said. It was so inspiring, and I knew it related to my kind friend too. Rose is a person that while walking throughout Citifield everyone says hello to her. Staff that works in all aspects of Citifield, not just the area that we work in. She has touched so many lives and goes out of her way for friends and strangers too. This bell symbolizes my thoughts too. We do have the chance to change the world through even one act of kindness. We plan to make a trip to Connecticut one day and visit and maybe even make a bell for someone else.

Posted on May 28, 2016

Kimberly Smith-Rosenbaum writes …

On Friday, May 13, 2016, I was the first staff member to arrive at my job. I work in an elementary school in Stratford, CT. I spotted a Ben's Bell hanging from a shrub near the entrance to the building. I was so excited because I have taken part in a Ben's Bells workshop in the past, I work in a community in which many of the schools are "Be Kind" campuses and my building is directly next door to the newly constructed Victoria Soto school. I brought it in and hung it in the main office of the school where it can serve as a reminder to be kind to all who see it...
My own life has been chaotic and very, very painful in recent years and being kind is how I try to live my life daily. It is not always easy. Calmly and kindly. Thank you so much for putting the message out into the world. If everyone just lived in a more kind and gentle way this world would be a much, much better place.

Posted on May 17, 2016

Teddie Roberts writes …

Today I found out I will have to have neck surgery for a third time seems my body doesn't like to work. I took my two large dogs for a long walk in Saguaro desert close to the museum. When I came upon one of the bells made with so much love made me smile. It is now hanging on my back fence and the girls run and ring it when they want to walk for them it's every ten minutes. I needed a smile and I found it in the strangest place. On a cactus in the middle of no where. So thank you.

Posted on May 10, 2016

Peggy writes …

Both my elderly parents have cancer and caring for them is not always easy. There are days when I feel energetic and able to easily summon compassion, and days when I'm exhausted and unable to find very much kindness in my heart. Sunday was one of those hard days and so I headed for Wilder Ranch State Park just north of Santa Cruz and set off on a hike with my husband.
A few minutes into the walk, I saw a bright color out of the corner of my eye and spotted this beautiful wind chime hanging from a old, grey fence post. I frowned, stepped around a patch of poison oak, and found a note attached to the chime.
"Ben's Bells Project," it read. "This Bell symbolizes our connection as a community and the power we each have to change the world by committing to an act of kindness... ."
I had never heard of Ben's Bells but the emotion was almost overwhelming. Someone I had never met had purposefully set out a gift with a message that was exactly what I needed at this moment in time. It felt weird and magical and almost instantly changed my day from one of exhaustion and anger to one of smiles and the feeling there was good in the world.
Thank you to Ben's Bells Project for helping me truly see the power of random acts of kindness. And thank you to whomever left that gift.

Posted on May 9, 2016

Liz Lantz writes …

Just wanted to let you know that I found one of Ben's bells in a park in downtown Boise idaho. It was a perfect ending to a stressful day. Incredible message in a small package. Thank you!

Liz Lantz

Posted on May 6, 2016

Rosanna writes …

On Sunday afternoon April 24, 2016 we were driving back home to Arizona from El Paso, TX. I was driving my car & my husband was driving his truck back home. The truck was in El Paso getting the transmission fixed. We passed Deming, NM and my husband calls me on the phone. He tells me lets stop at the rest area. We have never stopped at that rest area we have always waited till we got to lordsburg NM. As we were walking we heard a bell on a tree. We just glanced at it & continued to the restroom. My husband tells me I'm gonna take that bell. I was like "No, what if it's here for decorations". We saw the note.. You have found bens bell. Take it home, hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout the world. I said aww how thoughtful. Very beautiful thank you. Reminded me of the time when my Sisters & I went through the drive thru at McDonalds during thanksgiving time. We paid for the couples meal that was behind us. Left a note & said happy thanksgiving from the Suarez Girls. Bens Bell is in our home in Arizona.

Posted on April 26, 2016

Broadhead Family writes …

Today someone left a bell in the tree in our front yard. We have 4 living children and have lost 5. The most recent loss was exactly 2 weeks ago, and has been very difficult.
I don't know how one of your bells made it to Lethbridge Alberta Canada but it was very much needed to lift our hearts a little while we walk through the pain.
Grateful that your moments of suffering inspired something so wonderful that it now lifts others in theirs.

Posted on April 18, 2016

Alice & Jeff (Meridian, ID) writes …

Our life is upside down right now & we were wondering if we would ever catch a break. Last night we pulled into the parking lot of our hotel & went up to the room to pick-up a few things. We weren't gone 10 min. & when we came back down - there in the tree we parked next to was one of Ben's Bell's. We read the attached message & thought the meaning behind it was pretty powerful. It gives us hope that everything will be ok & we will gladly pass along the kindness & hope that is being shared with us.

Posted on April 15, 2016

Melissa Urreiztieta writes …

My son, Lezo, sadly passed away December 20, 2013; he was 20 years old. He was a 110 high hurdler for the University of Arizona track team and the state champion in the same event from his high school, Canyon Del Oro. Before he died he was asked to be a member of the Step Up! Be Kind program at the University of Arizona which consists of student-athletes from various sports who exhibit exemplary character, integrity and leadership skills and always Step Up! in defining moments.  The University of Arizona athletic department has completed one thousand acts of kindness in Lezo's name. Kindness and love are all that matters in this world!!! Lezo's mom, Melissa

 

 

Posted on April 14, 2016

Mary writes …

This morning I found one of Ben's Bell's hang from a tree in a parking lot in Gilbert. I drive a school bus and park there during my little down time I have between schools and there it was. Thank you so much it really touched me more than you could know. Mary

Posted on April 13, 2016

B C D writes …

I was feeling sorry for myself today. Feeling unappreciated and hurting from words spoken by someone that I cared for very much.
I decided to go to the nursery to cheer myself up, the garden is full of flowers blooming and the garden is my favorite spot. Most women go shopping for clothes, me I go shopping for plants. I parked the car in the parking lot and as I got out I noticed a wind chime hanging on a metal post in front of the car beside me. As I started walking by admiring it I noticed a note attached to it. There was a lady and her dog walking by at the same time. I read the note and realized it was one of Ben's Bell's I knew about Ben's Bell's and wished that I might find one someday.
I felt this one was meant for me as the person that parked in front of it nor the lady walking her dog had seen it. It now hangs proudly in my garden to remind me of the day Ben helped to smile again.
What a wonderful thing you have done! Reminding us that just a simple act of kindness is all we need sometimes. Hugs to you all.
BC in Tucson

Posted on April 12, 2016

Denice Blake and John Blackwell writes …

Ben's Bells,

I was so delighted to find a Ben's Bell hanging in the little lot that John Blackwell and I have planted and maintained for 15 years at the northwest corner of Country Club and E. 1st. Street. It's been a labor of love and it was so gratifying to receive the kind of recognition that your group works so hard to dispense.

Denice Blake

Posted on April 12, 2016

Tess T writes …

The other day my friend Kate and her boyfriend found a Ben's bell at a restaurant in Boise, ID. I thought it was so adorable and a great message. To my own surprise I found one of my own about a week and a half later! I was so excited. It was hanging on a tree outside my apartment complex and I immediately pulled over to pick it up. I love the Ben's Bells mission and can't wait to hopefully get more involved in the future.

Posted on April 8, 2016

Maggie writes …

I found a Bens Bell today at my son's school hanging from a tree in the parking lot. His school is in Marana. I am so happy to have found this! I have a special needs son who is ten years old and this has just been one of those weeks that I have been feeling a little down. So thank you to whoever placed this bell in the tree for me to find today! It came at the perfect time for me and made me smile!

Posted on April 7, 2016

Abigail A. writes …

I have always spotted the "Be Kind" stickers on cars, water bottles, and items throughout Tucson. I was walking along 4th Avenue for the street fair, and saw the "Be Kind" booth, so I stopped by. I wanted to learn more about this organization and the mission of Ben's Bells so I asked the volunteer and was so touched by the story. As luck would have it, I ended up finding a Ben's Bell later that same day after a late night study session at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (UACOM).

What touched me the most about the story was how acts of kindness can do so much for people, especially during some of the hardest moments of their lives. Having dealt with the loss of family members and friends in high school, the mission of spreading and performing acts of kindness really resonated with me. My family has also had bad luck with medical problems over the years. My grandmother had been in and out of the hospital and several members of my family have struggled with battling cancer. The kindness and empathy the nurses and doctors have shown my family over the years greatly influenced my pursuit of a medical career. I am currently a medical student at the UACOM and excited to see what the future holds.

The interesting coincidence is that after learning about Ben's Bells' mission today, I went to the UACOM to study. After a long study session, I was walking to my car and spotted something hanging in a tree. To my surprise it was a Ben's Bell! I am excited to keep it my Ben's Bell as a reminder of this special day, and hope that I can continue be an example and share kindness as a future physician.

Posted on April 4, 2016

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