Ben's Bells hope to ring in kindness after tragedy

Posted at 2:32 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 17:32:57-04

The desire to reciprocate an outpouring of kindness from friends and strangers is behind a Tucson family's effort to help ease the suffering of others going through tragedy.

Fifteen years ago toddler Ben Maré came down with a cold and cough. His airway swelled shut, and attempts to revive the two-year-old were unsuccessful.

An outpouring of support helped the family through the difficult time and started making bells in Ben's honor to return the favor. Now, volunteers create hundreds of bells each month and hang them in public places, such as parks, hiking trails, schools and hospitals.

The inscription says, "You found a Ben's Bell. Take it home, hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout the world."

The effort has since expanded to Phoenix and to Newtown, Connecticut after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

For more information about the organization, or to volunteer, visit its website.