What: Ben’s Bells promotes kindness and community involvement. Each week a person who makes Tucson better is “belled.”
Last week’s recipient: John Merten
Nominated by: Rebecca J. Linville
Why: Merten has been helping needy Tucsonans every year at Christmas for the last 10 years, Linville wrote in her nomination letter. “This year, I was lucky enough to be chosen. We met at Target where he bought my daughter clothes and gifts for a Christmas that she would otherwise not have,” Linville wrote. “He spent time shopping and talking with me. He also gave me a gift card for food and some cash to help me make ends meet. Not only is Mr. Merten generous, he has a heart for helping people.” Linville said she was moved by Merten’s kindness and dedication to his community. “He said that helping a family have a merry Christmas is his favorite part of the holiday season,” Linville wrote.