Salvation Army volunteer takes on bell ringing record

Salvation Army volunteer takes on bell ringing record

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's the season of giving, and that's the inspiration behind one man's attempt at breaking a record.

This could be the most exhausting week that Jamie Richardson has ever faced. He's attempting to ring a Salvation Army bell for more than 150 consecutive hours. It's a record he said was set on the West Coast.

"It's all for a good cause, and it's a local cause, also," said Richardson, a Salvation Army volunteer.

The cause is to spread awareness for the nonprofit's biggest fundraiser of the year, the Red Kettle campaign. Richardson gets five minute breaks after each hour, and to break up the monotony, he even brought along two different bells.

"They make different tones if I get tired of one, just to break it up a little bit," said Richardson.

His confidence and faith are high.

"I have a lot of people praying about it and I am also. I think it can be done, I really do, and I think I can do it," he said.

He's hoping his sleepless effort will raise funds for the Salvation Army's social services, like feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and many others. People are taking notice.

"Any attempt will bring some notoriety to it," said John Moore after placing a few bills in the red kettle.

"I came here to pick up something, and I planned to give him something today," said Shayne Baca.

When those passing by hear of his record breaking attempt, they're flabbergasted.

"Wow. I couldn't even imagine. 24/7. That takes commitment," said Dennis Lee.

Lee offered to bring Richardson food or anything else he might need.

"The fact that he's willing to go to that extent for something that's that great of a cause. This is helping South Mississippi. This is helping the Gulf Coast and the people that are in need," said Lee.

To make that happen, Richardson is hoping to ring on through Sunday morning at 6 to break the 150-hour record. He's ringing at the Biloxi Walmart on CT Switzer Dr.

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