Top Salvation Army bell-ringer to be honored

Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 23:35 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Salvation Army will host a recognition ceremony on Friday for Andre Thompson, who competed for the world record of longest time continuously ringing a bell.

The event will be at 6 p.m. in front of Walgreens at the intersection of Rieck Road and South Broadway Avenue, according to a news release from The Salvation Army. The public is invited to attend.

Thompson started ringing the bell at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3 in competition with three contestants in California, one in Montana and one in Minnesota. He was allowed a five-minute break for every hour that he rang the bell and was only allowed to eat meals and sit during his breaks, the release states.

Within the first 24 hours, two contestants put their bells down. After 105 hours of bell ringing, Thompson, along with ringers in Minnesota and California, decided to end the contest with a three-way tie.

The intention of the contest was to bring awareness to The Salvation Army.

Thompson’s kettle was at $13,591 as of Tuesday afternoon. Residents can still donate to him online atwww.onlineredkettle.org/exalt .