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East Texas man rings Salvation Army bell for 72hrs, despite ice storm

Andre Thompson
Positively El Paso
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 12:56pm

A man in Tyler, TX continues his quest to win the “Salvation Army World Bell Ringing Contest” champion title.

Andre Johnson of Tyler started ringing his Salvation Army bell on Wednesday, in an attempt to break a world record. He has completed 72 hours so far, in freezing, icy conditions outside of a Walgreens in Tyler, TX. Two other contestants in the contest remain, one in San Diego, CA (current weather: 54 and partly cloudy) and the other in Minneapolis, MN (current temperature inside the Northbridge Mall: mid 70’s and clear skies, yes, he’s ringing inside!)

The nonstop bell ringing contest is meant to raise awareness for The Salvation Army’s 123rd Red Kettle Campaign and set a new world record. Their efforts are courageous, and will help The Salvation Army assist millions of people this Christmas. Already, Andre has raised over $5,400 in his own personal kettle.

In 2011, Caleb Stokes and Leilan McNally made bell ringing history. The men rang the iconic bells outside of the Emmis Communications Building on Monument Circle in Indianapolis for 60 straight hours. Along with Darrell Tureskis, another contestant in Springfield IL, the two men set the new world record. This inaugural World Record of Bell Ringing was put on by The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters as part of a national effort to celebrate and recognize 120 years of The Salvation Army Red Kettle. Last year the record was broken by reigning co-champion Tureskis and two ringers in New Mexico and California who put down their bells after 80 hours of continuous ringing. Andre needs  8 hours and 1 minute to go to beat the existing record of 80 hours, good luck!

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