With arctic air and potentially nasty winter weather closing in, Andre â€śExaltâ€ť Thompson continues ringing away today outside the Walgreens at Rieck Road and Broadway Avenue, determined to own a record.
Thompson started ringing the bell at 11 a.m. Tuesday and hit the 48-hour mark at 11 a.m. today.
He vowed to set a bell-ringing record of 81 hours, even if his two remaining competitors around the country drop out.
As for the wintery weather on its way?
â€śIâ€™ll deal with it when it gets here,â€ť he said.
Donations have poured in as visitors have stopped to wish him well. Some have brought him coffee. One passerby brought him a heater.
Thompson hopes to not only break the record of hours rung, but also exceed the amount of money raised last year, which was more than $4,000.