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Helping make family's holidays brighter gets man belled
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Helping make family's holidays brighter gets man belled

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John Merten has been helping Tucsonans during Christmas.

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.

For more information: Go to to submit a name. Go to or call 622-1379

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