Crazy or amazing? We ask an 80 hour bell ringer.
Captain Jim Brickson of The Salvation Army in Albert Lea, Minn., wants to set a world record by bell ringing 80 consecutive hours. You can donate online to support his effort during the marathon kettle shift which began Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at Northbridge Mall (view photos). If Brickson finishes, he’ll go home to bed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Watch a live video stream.
Our SalvationArmyNorth.org team sat down with Brickson to find out why he’s doing this and how he plans to stay awake. Along the way, we learned a few other interesting things – like why he decided to become a Salvation Army officer so late in life.
Brickson is known around The Salvation Army for being quite the character. His answers do not disappoint.
What possessed you to do this?
You’re a 50-year-old mountain of a man. Will your body hold up?
What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?
Does 80 hours freak you out?
Will you really not get any sleep at all?
You became a Salvation Army officer in 2007, well into your 40s. What led to that?
What do you hope 80 hours of ringing will accomplish?
Stand Up for Freeborn County
Brickson has dubbed his effort “Stand Up for Freeborn County” and hopes it will raise at least $24,000. That’s about 10 percent of the Albert Lea Salvation Army’s overall Christmas fundraising goal of nearly $255,000. Donations to the Albert Lea Salvation Army pay for critical services such as food shelf and utility assistance, disaster relief, counseling, youth programs, spiritual enrichment and much more.
Volunteer bell ringers are needed now through Christmas Eve. Your shift will be much shorter than Brickson’s – just two hours. To sign up, call 507-373-8776.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Stultz / Albert Lea Tribune.