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

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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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