I mentioned in a 2013 post where Salvation Army Captain Jim Brickston was one of several people going for a Salvation Army bell ringing record: Salvation Army Bell Ringer Hopes to Break Bell Ringing Record. Looks like WordPress archived it, but I was able to retrieve it after a bit of searching. I stumbled across the old post while doing a clean-up of posts that have Uncategorized in their Category section. Here is an article on Captain Brickston: https://salvationarmynorth.org/2014/09/captain-jim-brickson-miles-from-ordinary/.
He’s a mountain of a man, and a durable one at that: During Christmas 2013, he stood next to a red kettle for five days straight, setting a new Salvation Army world record for continuous bell ringing – 105 hours.
His goal was 80 hours and he made it to 105 hours which was a record at the time. He was one of three who set the record at 105 hours.
Here’s the three who set the 105 hour record in 2013: http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/nhqblog/news/2013-12-09-three-contestants-beat-bell-ringing-world-record-at-105-hours.
Six contestants started ringing on Giving Tuesday, December 3 and endured weather, hunger and fatigue in an effort to beat the world record of 80 hours and raise awareness and support for The Salvation Army’s 123rd Annual Red Kettle Campaign. The events brought in thousands of dollars from supportive community members, as well as carolers and musicians – near and far – who offered encouragement and helped fight boredom.
Captain Emily Jones of Compton, CA stopped ringing at hour 12 (approx. 9:00 p.m. PST, December 3). Shortly thereafter, Quinton Green of Hanford, CA stopped at 19 hours 15 minutes (4:15 a.m. PST, December 4). And the temperature stood at a frigid 7 degrees when Lt. Rob Lawler of Helena, MT stopped ringing at 27 hours (1:00 p.m. MST) Wednesday afternoon. You can continue to support these incredible bell ringers by donating to their Online Red Kettles:
Another one who set the record at 105 hours was Salvation Army Maj. Marcelino “Butch” Soriano https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=250990124.
And the third bell ringer who set the record was Andre “Exalt” Thompson: https://www.focusinon.me/Holidays/12513-Salvation-Army-Ring-A/.
From this article, it mentions three who were still in the running during the 2013 competition: http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/nhqblog/news/2013-12-05-three-fight-for-world-record-at-51-hours-of-nonstop-bell-ringing.
Among the ardent few remaining are:
- Captain James Brickson of Albert, Lea, MN
- Major Marcelino “Butch” Soriano of San Diego, CA
- Andre Thompson of Tyler, TX.
I am aware the record was later broken and will be doing a post about the new record shortly.
Congratulations to the six who started out the competition and a special thank you to the three who succeeded.