By taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to ring the bell at a Salvation Army red kettle this Christmas, you’re helping raise money to fund our initiatives all year long. Thanks for all you do to fight for good.
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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We are just past the 24 hour mark of our World Record Bell Ringing contest and four bell ringers are still ringing strong!
This contest raises awareness for The Salvation Army’s 123rd annual Red Kettle Campaign while posing an exciting opportunity to set a new world record.
Contestant Andre Thompson of Tyler. TX is still up and going outside in front of Walgreens. He’s very motivated and physically still feels great!
Sprits are looking good so far, “I love this! My body is really holding up well”, says contestant Andre Thompson of Tyler, TX. “I think the record is mine. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! In the end it’s mind over matter!”
Lt. Rob Lawler in Helena, MT is still smiling while ringing in NINE degree whether. Brr!
Captain Emily Jones of Compton, CA was the first to hang up her bell around 9:00 p.m PT. She was ringing outside Walgreens. The next contestant to lay down his bell was Quinton Green at 4:15 a.m PT. He was ringing outside of Walmart in Hanford, CA.
We thank Captain Jones and Quinton for their valiant effort raising awareness for The Salvation Army!
Captain James Brickson is bringing joy at Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea. MN.
We are grateful for each of our participants. Their incredible effort will help The Salvation Army provide assistance to millions in need this Christmas and all year round. So thank you!
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Keep up the great work!
Posted by Jackie on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 ·