Albert Lea Salvation Army captain to attempt world record for bell ringing


Beginning at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3, you can find Salvation Army Capt. Jim Brickson bell ringing in the center court of Albert Lea's Northbridge Mall -- where he intends to remain for more than three days straight.

The Albert Lea Tribune reports Brickson is attempting to break a world record by spending more than 80 consecutive hours ringing without sitting, eating or drinking, all in an effort to reach the local chapter's fundraising goal of $254,500.

“Are my feet and my legs going to hurt? Yes, but it’s all going to be about perspective,” Brickson told the newspaper.

The captain is aiming to raise $24,000, or $300 an hour, during the bell-ringing marathon.

He'll be allowed short five-minute breaks for every 60 minutes of bell ringing, which can be accumulated.

The Salvation Army helps individuals and families in crisis by assisting with hot meals, after-school programs, groceries and other basic needs.

"I’d do just about anything to help those who come to us with such burdens in their lives,” Brickson said in a news release.

The event will be streamed live at You can also follow Brickson during the event on Twitter at @ahrten.

The Salvation Army's "Rock the Red Kettle" campaign kicked off in Minnesota earlier this month. The organization hopes to raise more than $10 million this season.

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