Contact Us

Salvation Army Bell Ringers Take Part in National Bell Ringing Contest

Twenty-Four Salvation Army Bell Ringers will set out to break a record today starting at 11am CST.  They will set their sites on ringing their bells for 36 or more hours straight.


Salvation Army

Each year thousands and thousands of people take part in the Salvation Army’s Kettle fundraiser.  You see them every season outside of their favorite stores ringing their bells, opening doors, telling you to have a wonderful blessed day.  They are even more gracious when you drop a few dollars or a few coins into their red kettle.

So what is the National Bell Ringing Contest all about?  It is a contest each year to see who can ring their bell the longest without sleep or eating.  However, this isn’t an easy task.

According to the Salvation Army the rules are as follows:

1. Participants must stand the entire time.
2. Participants may not eat.
3. Participants may drink hydration products only such as water, Gatorade or juice.
4. Participants must ring a bell at all times.
5. Participants only may use a bathroom once every 4 hours, during a ten minute break.

The previous record is 36 hours and this year’s contestants are shooting for 40 hours.  Wow!  That’s almost 2 full days.

Contestants participating in the Contest:

  • Ryan Althaus-Louisville, KY
  • Captain Quentin Boyle-Peru, IL
  • Lieutenant James Curry-Joplin, MO
  • Captain David M. Davis-Longview, WA
  • Ken Fankhauser-Anchorage, AK
  • Latonya Ford-Denver, CO
  • Lieutenant Matthew Jensen-Santa Maria, CA
  • Alan Jermyn-Gulfport, MS
  • Lieutenant Sean Kelsey-Palm Desert, CA
  • Matt Linville-Mount Air, NC
  • Captain Marcos Marquez-West Twin Falls, ID 1
  • Sergeant Greg Maxwell-Marque, TX
  • Leilan McNally-Indianapolis, IN
  • Captain Kenneth Perine-San Diego, CA
  • Jason Perkins-Fairfield, CA
  • Daniel Perry-Pittsburg, KS
  • Saundra Shearon-Cleburne, TX
  • Captain Kyle Smith-Spokane, WA
  • Captain Marcelino Soriano-San Francisco, CA
  • Captain Jerome Spalding;-Tulsa, OK
  • Tiga Stevenson-St Cloud, MN
  • Caleb Stokes-Indianapolis, IN
  • Darrell Tureskis-Springfield, IL
  • Dustin Walsh-Lane, Lodi, CA

I wish good luck to all these participants, but I have to ask, do you think the folks in warmer climates have it easier than the ones in the freezing weather?

Best of Mix 94.1

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for MIX VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive MIX VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.