Ring it on: The World Record Bell Ringing Contest Is Back!

Leilan McNally and Caleb Stokes, 2011 world record holders at 60 hours of continuous hand bell ringing.

The Salvation Army invites bell ringers nationwide to enter a contest to challenge the world record for a longest continuous hand bell ringing by an individual at a red kettle, in an effort to raise awareness for The Salvation Army’s 122nd Red Kettle Campaign.

Starting Tuesday, December 11, ringers will brave the elements – such as weather, fatigue, and hunger, among other challenges – as they seek to beat the previous record of 60 hours, set last year by three bell ringers: Darrell Tureksis from Springfield, IL, along with Caleb Stokes and Leilan McNally from Indianapolis, IN.

Think you have what it takes? Don’t hesitate – entry deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Here are the details:

When: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Where: Contestants must sign-up as bell ringers with their local Salvation Army unit, which can be found online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Rules to ring by:

  • Contestants must stand the entire time
  • Contestants must ring the bell continuously
  • Contestants must be Army bell ringers

What it’s all about:

The annual Red Kettle Campaign was started as a fundraiser by Salvation Army Captain Joseph Mcfee in San Francisco in 1891. Since that time, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells daily and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2011, the campaign collected a record $147 million nationwide, supported by the public’s nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, credit cards and helped The Salvation Army serve 30 million people in communities where the money was raised.

For updates on this contest, please visit us here, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA.

 Good luck!