Hotel Maid Receives a $500 Tip


Because every so often kindness reminds us that it has the power to entirely change a person’s life for the better.

This video brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of the story behind Ben’s Bells in Tucson, Arizona.

On March 29, 2002 the founder’s 3-year-old son, Ben, died tragically and unexpectedly due to a respiratory condition. The mother’s grieving process, filled with guilt and anger and even embarrassment, took a brutal toll both on her personal psyche and on her faith in humanity. Then, on a difficult day like any other, a stranger held open the door for her so that she could enter a gas station. Boom. That’s it. That single act of a few short seconds of kindness rocked her to the core and began to heal her deep wounds.

Now, Ben’s Bells has received international coverage for its ability to spread random acts of kindness and to recognize goodness through the simple act of hanging the distinct bells in locations where community-nominated good people will see them.

I’ll let this video from Give Back Films do the talking. Enjoy:

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About Cameron Conaway

Cameron Conaway is a former MMA fighter, an award-winning poet and the 2014 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State Altoona. He is the author of Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet, Bonemeal: Poems, Until You Make the Shore and Malaria, Poems. Conaway is also on the Editorial Board at Slavery Today. Follow him on Google+ and on Twitter: @CameronConaway.


  1. The person who said why her, wishes it was them, maybe someday after forgiving yourself.

  2. I thought this was lovely. The money clearly meant a lot to her. I understand the criticism, because attractive younger people have more avenues to find help than unattractive, sick, older people do. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need help. This is an inspiring series. Please keep up your kind, generous work.

  3. janedoenut says:

    Whilst a nice act of kindness, I found the exploit offensive.

  4. This is just too contrived. I call fake.

  5. Seems sort of gross and exploitive.

    Why her? Because she is photogenic?

    Why the video production? Who does that serve? Young photogenic girl or the videomakers?

    Did you give charity today? Did you help someone out?

    • Keith Newhouse says:

      To Anon above, my thoughts on this are…
      1. You asked – “why her?” Well, why not? Who should it have been? Random kindness doesn’t have to be to your prescribed look.
      2. You asked – “why the video production?” Why not? It’s a cool reminder of what kindness can do. I’m a very kind person, I tip, I help strangers. But, sometimes at the end of the day, I’m exhausted from work. So, watching a video like this rejuvenates me, makes me smile, gets me emotional, and is a neat reminder that doing good just feels good. I’m glad it’s on video. I’ll watch it again.
      3. I did, and I do quite often when I can. I’ve been a recipient of charity. My house burned down and my sister was killed by a drunk driver all in the same year. It was horrific, but i can’t tell you how many people were so kind, helped out, etc. It really helped me. I know that sometimes big things help, but sometimes little things do, too.

      This didn’t seem the least bit gross or exploitative to me. It seemed like a good deed, and someone who was quite appreciative of it.

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