Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was the founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. Here is one of his quotes:
Michelle Ruffo, holding Ben's Bell, with Jessyka Murray, friends and family. Ben's Bellings reward acts of kindness.
The recipient of this week's Ben's Bell is Michelle Ruffo.
Tomorrow is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and if you're planning on shopping at Michaels, it could be your lucky day.
Michael Campbell and Jeannette Maré with Ben's Bell.
The recipient of this week's Ben's Bell is former physical-education teacher Michael Campbell, who now volunteers at a midtown school.
In response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut school Dec. 14, Ben's Bells has launched a Bring Kindness to Newtown campaign.
Laurie Sedlmayr-Cumming, left, and her daughter, Anna Cumming, paint beads at the Ben's Bells Project Main Gate Studio, 816 E. University Blvd., to be asembled for residents of Newtown, Conn., in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Kira Sund, 22, center, paints beads with her brother Derrick and mother, Mary, lower left, at the Ben's Bells Project Main Gate Studio.
Elik Essif, holding Ben's Bell, with family, friends and co-workers. "Kindness and caring do not even begin to describe his heart and soul," said Ronnette Benke, who nominated him.
The recipient of this week's Ben's Bell is Elik Essif, whose seemingly small gestures of kindness to his neighbors makes a big impact.
Marie Stewart, a friend and fellow teacher of Jeanette Maré, puts labels on Ben's Bells. Until now the bells have been hung twice a year throughout the city. But this month the organization started hanging them daily.
"We have the capacity to produce a lot more Ben's Bells because the community has been so committed to it," said Jeannette Maré.
A driver hands newspaper hawker James Bruce a $20 bill, as she does every month, he says. At Christmas, she gave him $50. Another woman brings a bag of food to him every month at his spot on the median at East River and North Sabino Canyon roads. "A lot of times, it's gotten me by," Bruce says.
You know those bumper stickers that tell us to practice random acts of kindness?