Community coming together to create kindness on Jan. 8

Volunteers can paint ceramic beads, piece the bells together or help distribute them across Tucson Sunday morning.
Volunteers can paint ceramic beads, piece the bells together or help distribute them across Tucson Sunday morning.
People can add their personalized tile to a downtown mural.
People can add their personalized tile to a downtown mural.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Folks still have plenty of time to head over to Ben's Bells off University and Euclid to put their artistic touch on some special January 8th bells. Volunteers can paint ceramic beads, piece the bells together or help distribute them across Tucson Sunday morning.

The bells symbolize hope and kindness. Hundreds of them were passed out after the shooting to help the community heal.

Ben's Bells employees say on the anniversary it's important to realize the miracle that came out of that tragic day. The bells brought the community together in a time of grieving and they hope on Sunday they'll serve as another reminder that we're all in this together.

"People will be meeting here at our studio and getting bells and maps to the different places in Tucson as kind of a way to recognize that a year has passed. We did a distribution last year after the shooting and so we're doing it again to kind of continue to spread the healing and the hope that our community needs," says Ben's Bells Studio Manager Cassie Williams.

Volunteers will meet at Ben's Bells at 7 a.m. Sunday. Williams says anyone who finds a bell can keep it as a reminder to be kind.

Ben's Bells is also in the early stages of creating a large mural for downtown Tucson and needs help from the community. All it takes is a tile, a little paint and your commitment to kindness in the form of a contract.

Williams says, "When you sign the contract, you're not signing your life away, you're just signing up to participate in our community, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, doing the little things everyday that help our community grow together."

Once folks sign the contracts, they paint their signatures on tiles that will become part of the artwork. The Commit to Kindness mural will eventually be on display downtown near Stone and Broadway.

To get involved folks can visit the Ben's Bells studio during business hours. There will also be several booths at the Beyond events happening in Tucson Saturday to remember the victims of January 8th. Look for booths at Reid Park, Tucson Medical Center, Guincie-Douglas Park, Hotel Congress, and Valley of the Moon.

Ben's Bells employees say it's a way for community members to express support, love and kindness to everyone affected by the January 8th tragedy.

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