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Bells will be ringing in Freeborn County for 80 hours straight

Added on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Albert Lea, Minn. – The Freeborn County Salvation Army will join in a world record bell ringing contest at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3 from the Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea. Attempting to break the record and ring more than 80 hours is Salvation Army Captain Jim Brickson, Albert Lea Salvation Army commanding officer.  The attempt has been dubbed:  Stand Up for Freeborn County.

“The truth is, I’d do just about anything to help those who come to us with such burdens in their lives,” said Brickson. “We do all our frontline service through the amazing work of volunteers – 90 percent of all the blessings we share are because of volunteers. This ringing marathon is just a fun way to celebrate – fun and maybe a bit crazy.”

Along with money put into the kettle during the ringing marathon, in which Captain Brickson is not allowed to sit, eat or drink outside of minuscule breaks, you can give online to support his effort.

Matching funds have been arranged and more are welcome, according to Brickson. Those interested in making a match challenge may call 507-373-5710.

“Our goal is to raise $24,000 in 80 hours – that works out to be $300 an hour,” he said. “We will need some matching dollars to make that happen. We’re talking individuals, companies, civic groups – anyone who wants to help me stand up for Freeborn County.”

The ringing will be streamed live at  To follow the event on Twitter, watch the national hashtag #ringiton and posts to Captain Brickson’s personal handle @ahrten.

A text to give campaign is also available. Text “NORTH” to 80888 and a $10 donation will go to Freeborn County Salvation Army.  Remember to respond YES to the return message.*

About Freeborn County Salvation Army
The Salvation Army helps individuals and families in crisis through basic needs assistance, hot meals, after-school programs,  food pantry, seasonal assistance, spiritual care and more. Last year it helped 35,000 people in Freeborn County find hope and healing.


*Terms and conditions: A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by Innogive Foundation and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to specify 80888 for help.