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Kindness

Kind words, actions can mean a lot to those who get them

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was the founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. Here is one of his quotes:

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Trainer Ruffo is honored for rehabbing crash victim

Trainer Ruffo is honored for rehabbing crash victim

Michelle Ruffo, holding Ben's Bell, with Jessyka Murray, friends and family. Ben's Bellings reward acts of kindness.

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Trainer Ruffo is honored for rehabbing crash victim

Trainer Ruffo is honored for rehabbing crash victim

The recipient of this week's Ben's Bell is Michelle Ruffo.

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Michaels stores handing out free gift cards

Tomorrow is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and if you're planning on shopping at Michaels, it could be your lucky day.

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Ben's Bells: Howell PE teacher shares his kindness

Ben's Bells: Howell PE teacher shares his kindness

Michael Campbell and Jeannette Maré with Ben's Bell.

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Ben's Bells: Howell PE teacher shares his kindness

Ben's Bells: Howell PE teacher shares his kindness

The recipient of this week's Ben's Bell is former physical-education teacher Michael Campbell, who now volunteers at a midtown school.

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Ben's Bells: Help make Ben's Bells for Newtown, Conn.

Ben's Bells: Help make Ben's Bells for Newtown, Conn.

In response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut school Dec. 14, Ben's Bells has launched a Bring Kindness to Newtown campaign.

December 21, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ben's Bells: Help make Ben's Bells for Newtown, Conn.

Ben's Bells: Help make Ben's Bells for Newtown, Conn.

Laurie Sedlmayr-Cumming, left, and her daughter, Anna Cumming, paint beads at the Ben's Bells Project Main Gate Studio, 816 E. University Blvd., to be asembled for residents of Newtown, Conn., in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.

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Ben's Bells: Help make Ben's Bells for Newtown, Conn.

Ben's Bells: Help make Ben's Bells for Newtown, Conn.

Kira Sund, 22, center, paints beads with her brother Derrick and mother, Mary, lower left, at the Ben's Bells Project Main Gate Studio.

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Ben's Bells: Thoughtful neighbor spreads kindness

Ben's Bells: Thoughtful neighbor spreads kindness

Elik Essif, holding Ben's Bell, with family, friends and co-workers. "Kindness and caring do not even begin to describe his heart and soul," said Ronnette Benke, who nominated him.

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Ben's Bells: Thoughtful neighbor spreads kindness

Ben's Bells: Thoughtful neighbor spreads kindness

The recipient of this week's Ben's Bell is Elik Essif, whose seemingly small gestures of kindness to his neighbors makes a big impact.

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Ben's Bells distribution will be a year-round thing

Ben's Bells distribution will be a year-round thing

Marie Stewart, a friend and fellow teacher of Jeanette Maré, puts labels on Ben's Bells. Until now the bells have been hung twice a year throughout the city. But this month the organization started hanging them daily.

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Ben's Bells distribution will be a year-round thing

Ben's Bells distribution will be a year-round thing

"We have the capacity to produce a lot more Ben's Bells because the community has been so committed to it," said Jeannette Maré.

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Ben's Bells distribution will be a year-round thing

Ben's Bells distribution will be a year-round thing

Keep your eyes peeled.

August 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Josh Brodesky: Random acts of kindness actually happen

Josh Brodesky: Random acts of kindness actually happen

A driver hands newspaper hawker James Bruce a $20 bill, as she does every month, he says. At Christmas, she gave him $50. Another woman brings a bag of food to him every month at his spot on the median at East River and North Sabino Canyon roads. "A lot of times, it's gotten me by," Bruce says.

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Josh Brodesky: Random acts of kindness actually happen

Josh Brodesky: Random acts of kindness actually happen

You know those bumper stickers that tell us to practice random acts of kindness?

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