your stories

Josh writes …

I was walking in a parking lot, having a contentious phone conversation, and I noticed something in a tree the other day. I walked over and found one of Ben's Bells. It threw me because, outside of experiences with my group of friends, I'm not used to random acts of kindness from strangers. It was such an amazing feeling to find this suprise gift. It only added to my joy to think this person wasn't one part of my community, but just somebody in the world who is doing this small thing to bring happiness. It was an amazing reminder to give joy back into the world, don't just save it for the people you hold dear.

Posted on January 12, 2017

Dawn Olson writes …

Just wanted you to know that I came across a beautiful Ben's Bell on the trail at the newly opened Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park yesterday. While I know the intention of the project, I couldn't move myself to take the bell home and share again as it was such a lovely sight to turn the corner near the top of the trail after reading the 19 memorials for the fallen Hotshots. It is in a perfect place and brought a smile and hope it will continue to do so for all who go to pay their respect to these heroes.

Thanks for all you do in spreading kindness!

Posted on January 8, 2017

Janna Kirby writes …

Recently a dear friend of my mine and my family lost her very young, beautiful,smart,amazing daughter to suicide. She was a good friend of my sons. They were classmates. She was only 14.
While on a walk, yesterday I believe, this dear friend found a Ben's Bell. It was a definite sign to her, that her daughter (whom has only been gone a little over a year) was present. This touches my soul beyond belief. She has shared her good fortune on finding this bell on her facebook and it now hangs where she can see it every day! Such a beautiful reminder to her. God bless you guys. I will be making a donation to your organization. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.

Janna Kirby

Posted on January 7, 2017

Marie S. writes …

Do You Believe In Good Luck Charms?

This afternoon, I was walking into Casino Arizona (Scottsdale) and noticed a small piece of paper with a pinkish red object attached to it. I walked over to the ledge because no one was sitting around the area.

It was a Ben's Bells Kindness Coin! I loved the cute little polka dotted flower and message...so I slipped it into my pocket. Within 30 minutes, I won a $1,045.25 jackpot from a penny slot machine!

I plan on purchasing some soon and leaving them around the city for others!

Posted on December 31, 2016

Ray writes …

Many days you will find me walking the beach looking for sea glass and conversing with God. The last few years have been rough and recently giving my life over to Him I have found comfort in the solitude at Light House Point in New Haven. Today, as I walked along the water I asked Him for hope. Looking up, I found a Bens Bells. To the person who left this "small act of kindness" Thank you.

Posted on December 28, 2016

Jennifer Champlin writes …

I went to the store today and through the hustle and bustle, dodging people driving rude because everyone is in a hurry, scouls on everyone's face, I noticed this purple object hanging from a tree when I parked. When I looked closer I noticed there was also a bell and a heart. I thought someone dropped their windchime from the store and someone hung it up. So I inspected it. It had a note saying it was a Ben's Bell. This little thing definitely warmed my heart and brought a smile to my face. Thank you :)

Posted on December 19, 2016

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

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