your stories

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

Michela Bowman writes …

The other day I was running along the Rillito River, baby in tow, when I noticed something orange hanging from a tree off the path. I actually kept running but something told me to turn around and check out the orange chime further and I am so glad that I did. Thank you so much to the KIND stranger who left the beautiful Ben's Bell in my path. I was having such a terrible day and was feeling so horrible but somehow finding the chime turned my entire day around. I can't wait to share this story with my son when he gets older.

Posted on March 30, 2016

Roslyn Haslam writes …

my husband and I went to Sydney Australia for our 24th wedding anniversary. We went for a walk under the Harbour bridge and my husband spotted this chime hanging from a tree. I read the note and it was a Ben's Bell and the note attached said to take it. At first I felt funny taking it but I did in the end and it really touched my heart. When we returned home I went to the web site and had no idea it was so huge. The part that surprised me was there was no mention of Australia it was all in America. So I hung it up at home and I love it but I wish I knew the story behind it,like who hung it and why we were the lucky ones to find it. Thank you to the person who shared this special chime I wish it could save our best friend who is dying with brain cancer. Regards Roz

Posted on March 28, 2016

Nina T writes …

A handful of Saturdays ago, we were at the library and noticed one hanging from a tree outside. We took it home and hung it on the office door. I love to listen to the sound. So do the cats. This weekend I moved it to the computer tower desk so I can give a little ring whenever I'm feeling rushed and overwhelmed.

Posted on March 27, 2016

Julie H writes …

Tonight I found a Ben's Bell on my evening walk, it was just hanging on a tree next to the sidewalk on a busy street. I almost walked past it when I went back to read the note and then again, almost decided not to do what it said. But it was so gorgeous that I felt like I should take it home and put it in another tree and hope that someone else can find it. Then I just got online to check this website. I hadn't heard of this awesome project and I'm excited to have found one. I was definitely feeling sorry for myself on this walk, as I'm just 6 days out from a major surgery and wanted to be further along with my healing. I needed to take this walk to get out of the house because I had been barking at my 2 kids. :)
Thanks again whoever left it for me to find.
Julie in Boise, Idaho

Posted on March 27, 2016

Brandon L writes …

I was touched to find a Ben's Bell on the URI campus right before Spring Break. Where it seemed like everyone has the chance to go home or away on vacation, but I was staying on campus. After finding the Ben's Bell I was reminded of how fortunate I was to even have a spring break and be able to have as many wonderful friends that I do, near and far. I hope to keep spreading the simple, but necessary message of Ben's Bells and keep spreading kindness forward.

Posted on March 23, 2016

Tracy D. writes …

Today after working all day volunteering to set up the Air Show on Davis-Monthan AFB I found a Ben's Bells just hanging from one of the barriers. Just as I was leaving to go home for the day I saw a pretty wind chime hanging from a barrier. I showed it to my friend and we read the card, she is the one who persuaded me to take the bell. I was so touched by this act of kindness. Now as I spend my weekend volunteering for the Air Show I will be thinking of this generous gift and planning how I can pay it forward. I never imagined I would find a Ben's Bells on and Air Force Base, this just goes to show that random acts of kindness are everywhere. Thank you to the kind soul who placed this where I found it, I will be forever grateful and I will make sure I pass it on!

Posted on March 11, 2016