Bell-ringer presentation set for today

Published on Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:05 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Salvation Army presentation for Andre Thompson will take place today in Tyler.

The presentation, which was rescheduled from Friday to today because of inclement weather, is slated for 6 p.m. in front of Walgreens on South Broadway Avenue and Rieck Road.

Thompson volunteered to participate in the 2013 Salvation Army World Record Bell Ringing Contest. At 11 a.m. on Dec. 3, Thompson began ringing the bell as he competed with three contestants in California, one in Montana and one in Minnesota, according to a news release.

Thompson, 45, could take a five-minute break every hour, and, according to a news release, could eat meals and sit during his breaks.

Chantel Millin, community and corporate relations coordinator for The Salvation Army in Tyler, said after 105 hours of bell ringing, the contest was declared a three-way tie between Thompson, a man in Minnesota and a man in California.

“The decision to end with a tie ensured that the intention of the contest, which was to bring awareness to The Salvation Army, was preserved,” according to a news release. Thompson’s kettle total, as of Friday afternoon, was $13,591 “and growing as people can still donate online atwww.on lineredkettle.org/exalt.”

The public is invited to today’s ceremony.

“We will not only celebrate Andre, but also the community for all of the love and support that they showed to Andre and The Salvation Army for 105 hours … literally.”