On July 11, 2016 we volunteered with Ben’s Bells, where we crafted unique wind chimes with an even more unique purpose.
Ben’s Bells is a non-profit that aims to inspire random acts of kindness. According to their website, “Recent research demonstrates that kindness benefits our physical and mental health, and that recognizing kindness in others increases a person’s happiness and satisfaction. But just as solving a calculus problem requires advanced math skills, the challenges of daily life require advanced kindness skills. By focusing on kindness and being intentional in our personal interactions, we can improve our ability to connect. The mission of Ben’s Bells is to inspire individuals and communities to engage in kindness education and practice.”
Each month, thousands of volunteers craft wind chimes made with the charity’s now-iconic bells. Bells are sculpted from clay, kiln fired, glazed, fired again, and then assembled. By the time each wind chime is finished, at least 10 people have participated in its creation. After volunteers assemble the chimes, Ben’s Bells hangs them in random locations around town. They’re meant to be found by members of the community, serving as reminders to practice intentional kindness.