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.

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