Ben's Bells headed to Newtown, Connecticut

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The tragedy in Connecticut has many people wanting to do something to reach out to the grieving families who've lost loved ones.

While many schools in Tucson are getting involved in an effort make snowflakes to hang at Sandy Hook elementary, a local organization is also stepping up a project of their own.

You may have seen colorful Ben's Bells hanging around Tucson. If you find one consider yourself lucky. The bells come with a message telling you to spread kindness.

A message that has spread throughout the country and will now be heading to Newtown, Connecticut.

"We've been getting a lot of emails, phone calls and Facebook posts that people want Ben's Bells in Newtown," said Jeanette Mare with Ben's Bells.

It's the sound of kindness. The sound of support and comfort.

"Having lost a child it's the ultimate loss.  My heart just breaks for those families..I can't get them off my mind.  The pain is intense," said Mare.  

At Ben's Bells, founder Jeannette Mare is well versed in turning that grief into acts of kindness. It is a project inspired after the death of her own 2-year-old boy. When simple acts of kindness by strangers gave her the will to move on.

"Kindness saved my life," she said.

Ben's Bells are now providing hope and comfort to thousands of others. There are 29,000 bells now hanging all over the United States, France, and even Australia.

"It's incredibly humbling.. gratifying to know this resonates with people," said Mare.

Now they need volunteers to help make bells to send to Newtown, Connecticut. More than a thousand bells are headed there. It is a gift from a community that went through it's own share of grief after the January 8th shooting.

"This community understands what it feels like to grieve as an entire community," she said.

The goal is to hang the bells all over Newtown with messages of hope for a community in shock. The bells are made by volunteers right here in Tucson.

"I'm thinking about the people who lost their lives like the kindergartners and the teacher," said Alexis Los, a volunteer.

"It makes me sad. Kindergartners did not need to lose lives. It wasn't their turn to die," said Zander Los, a volunteer.

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