Salvation Army bell ringer days away from ringing record

Salvation Army bell ringer days away from ringing record

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Jamie Richardson's world record is in sight. The numbers on his countdown board keep getting smaller. Setting the bell ringing record now seems more possible than ever.

"It's going good. A lot of people are backing me, supporting me. A lot of people are into what the Salvation Army does. The kettle campaign, obviously, that pays our social services all next year," said Richardson.

Since the wee hours of Monday morning, Richardson, a Salvation Army volunteer, has endured the sun, long, lonely nights, a scary storm, and now the chill that blankets much of South Mississippi.

But, that Salvation Army bell keeps ringing.

"I am tired, but in the daytime, it's not bad because the sun's out. It's not as bad as the evening shift. The evenings are really tough," said Richardson.

When we checked in with him at 4 p.m. Thursday, Richardson said his determination to fill his kettle and set a world record is stronger than ever.

"Looking at the numbers, they don't seem that far off now, not what they were anyway."

If Richardson is still ringing that bell at 7 a.m. Sunday, he will be a world record holder.

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