The Range just heard from Jeannette Mare regarding Thursday's Ben's Bells project. The organization is overwhelmed by the positive response to the call for volunteers and thanks everyone who has contacted the group. Right now no additional volunteers are needed.
From Jeannette Mare, founder of Ben's Bells:
I am overwhelmed and profoundly humbled by the way our community is reaching out to Ben's Bells and asking for us to help coordinate healing activities and to speak about kindness. The beauty of this coming-together is incredibly comforting to me.
We have an enormous responsibility this week. Last Friday, one day before our world changed, NBC called to ask us to be on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams "Making a Difference" segment. On Saturday they called me to tell me they wanted to get the piece done even sooner - a film crew will be here on Thursday and it will most likely air on Friday. Nearly 2 million viewers tune in to NBC nightly news so this is our opportunity to communicate our mission to a massive audience.
We often travel to grieving communities to share Ben's Bells with them as a symbol of our support and connectedness. Now our own community is grieving and we want to blanket this town with bells in memory of Christina, Gabe, John, Dorwin, Dorothy and Phyllis and in honor of Gabby, Pam, Ron and our other precious citizens.
We will distribute 1,000 Ben's Bells (the most we've ever done in one distribution) on Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THEM OUT!! Hanging bells is a remarkable experience and I know it will touch you deeply. NBC will film the distribution.
Thank you for letting me know if you can make it (feel free to invite friends and family!!). Meeting at Ben's Bells - 816 E. University Blvd.
Big love to all of you, Jeannette