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BE A BELL RINGER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

With the holiday season approaching, there’s a fight to be won. The Salvation Army is marching into battle against all types of need this year, so we’re recruiting bell ringers—like you—to join the fight for good.

In 2016, The Salvation Army served more than 24 million people. That meant 55 million meals for the hungry, 10 million nights of shelter for the homeless, and countless Christmas gifts for children who would have gone without.

Jesus said that we would always have the poor with us, and that may seem daunting, but the impact of even one person doing good cannot be overestimated. Just one hour of bell ringing will feed 13 hungry people. That’s one person every five minutes. So truly, you will make a difference with every ring.

Moreover, the funds you raise will make a year-round impact in your community through social services assistance, homeless shelters, disaster relief, children’s programs, rehabilitation services, anti human trafficking, and more.

It was The Salvation Army’s founder, General William Booth, who declared: “While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight. While little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight. While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight. While there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight—I’ll fight to the very end!”

Join the fight for good!

Find your local Salvation Army here and sing up to be a bell ringer today.

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Salvation Army ringer sets 105-hour ring record

world record bell ringing competition

COLTON, Calif.—Salvation Army Maj. Marcelino “Butch” Soriano got a jump on ringing in the New Year this holiday season by ringing a bell for a record 105 consecutive hours outside a Wal-Mart in Colton this week.
The San Diego man’s reward: An estimated $2,700 he raised for charity and his name in the Salvation Army’s bell-ringing record book alongside those of fellow ringers James Brickson of Albert Lea, Minn., and Andre Thompson of Tyler, Texas, who matched him hour-for-hour.

“I feel a little bit tired, not as tired as I thought I would be,” he told UT San Diego ( http://bit.ly/1dZ4MYk) after putting down his ringer at 6 p.m. Saturday. “I’m excited the other people all agreed to stop at the same time, so now we have a three-way tie.”

He had originally planned to go for 100 hours, which would have shattered the old mark of 80 that was set last year. After reaching that mark, he considered ringing on until midnight before reaching agreement with his fellow ringers to stop at 6.

There were six contestants when the competition began Tuesday morning.

The rules allowed each ringer a five-minute break every hour that could be rolled over if they chose. Soriano, 46, would save his up so that he could take a 20-minute nap each day.

He said he never considered stopping, not even after someone stole his laptop before dawn Saturday.

“I’m doing great!” he said later Saturday. “People are coming up to me saying, ‘I saw you on the news, go for it, we know you can do it.'”

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Associated Press