Little Library host recognized for creating special events for children
Ben’s bells

Little Library host recognized for creating special events for children

From left, Ana Henderson, Rebecca Hawkins, Andrea Rodriguez with bell and Mariano Rodriguez.

What: Ben’s Bells promote kindness and community involvement. Each week a person who makes Tucson better is “belled.”

Last week’s recipient: Andrea Rodriguez.

Nominated by: Mariano Rodriguez.

Why: For her community projects and fundraising. Rodriguez built Alex’s Free Little Library at her house about five years ago. She has developed multiple activities around this project and even created a library abroad last summer in Europe. She has had Valentine’s fundraisers for pets and in the last two years created Letters to Santa. She provides a personalized letter and small gift to whoever drops a letter in the special mailbox, her husband wrote in his nomination letter. Last year, she also joined forces with Bookmans and other children-oriented businesses to participate in Letters to Santa, with the goal of sending out more than 100 personalized letters with a small gift to the children who dropped off letters before Christmas. “My wife’s goal is to put a simple smile on as many children as possible each year,” Mariano Rodriguez wrote.

More info and to nominate someone: Go to to submit a name. Go to or call 622-1379 for more info.

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