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Albert Lea Bell Ringer Hangs Up Bells After Ringing for 105 Hours

Updated: 12/08/2013 5:22 PM
Created: 12/07/2013 10:56 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The three Salvation Army red kettle bell ringers laid down their bells after 105 hours of ringing.

Captain Jim Brickson of Albert Lea had been ringing a Salvation Army red kettle bell for 105 hours at 8 p.m. Saturday

In 2011, the inaugural year, The Salvation Army World Record Bell Ringing Contest hit a record of 60 hours.  In 2012, the record hit 80 hours. It appears the 2013 record will go well beyond 100 hours.

Captain Jim Brickson of Albert Lea has been sharing his journey with the world as he continued his live Ustream.tv "Lifecast" during his mission.

"I feel a bit like I am on the Truman Show," said Brickson.

Minnesotans were pulling for Brickson and he had a steady stream of visitors, including groups who came by specifically for a picture with the local celebrity. Brickson smashed the previous Minnesota record set at 36 hours and 1 minute by Tiga Stevenson in St. Cloud, Minn. in 2011.

The red kettle at Northbridge Mall, along with online donations, have brought in more than $28,000 as of Saturday morning.

Donations to Captain Brickson's online kettle can be made here.

Text to Give from a mobile phone by texting NORTH to 80888 and a $10 donation will go to his cause. Donars also have to option to call in a credit card donation to 800-SAL-ARMY.


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