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Ben's Bells chiming across Tucson

Go outside. Look around. Chances are, you might see a little bell.

About 80 volunteers spent this morning hanging 500 Ben's Bells across Tucson in the 11th distribution of the project, which Jeannette Maré-Packard and her husband, Dean, began in 2003.

The couple wanted to honor the memory of their young son, who died of croup just before his third birthday, in March 2002, and encourage us to be kind to one another.

The distribution means more than 8,000 bells will have been randomly distributed throughout Tucson and other cities around the country, including New Orleans. Some have even gone to international spots with friends of the Packards.

The project also takes its act to schools, companies and other spots for mass bell-making sessions.

And it also includes weekly bellings, which honor those among us who regularly practice kindness.

To see this week's "bellee," go to B4.

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