Updated: 12/03/2013 6:58 PM
Created: 12/03/2013 6:57 PM KSTP.com
By: Dan Conradt
(ABC 6 News) -- It began with a countdown.
It could be a while before it ends.
“We're going to set the world record for the longest continuous bell ringing for the Salvation Army" said Captain Jim Brickson of the Albert Lea Salvation Army.
At eleven o’clock this morning, Brickson started. The goal is to keep ringing for 80 consecutive hours.
“I'm trying to raise 25-thousand dollars" he explained, ringing his bell while standing next to a larger-than-life red kettle in the middle of Albert Lea’s Northbridge Mall.
“Our Christmas campaign is about 250-thousand dollars, a little under 25 percent of our budget so our red kettle campaign is about 90-thousand dollars."
"Trying to raise awareness in our community for the Salvation Army and all the things that we do" added the Albert Lea Army’s Captain Lee Brickson.
The Salvation Army is calling the world record attempt "Stand Up For Freeborn County".
"Some people don't have a place to stay, for the next 80 hours, so I get to stand up about that" Captain Jim Brickson told us just before starting his three-plus day quest. “Some people say man that's a long time to stand up. I don't know, it's a long time to not have a place to sleep."
Captain Lee Brickson said that if ANYONE can ring for 80 hours, her husband can. “He's like the ever ready bunny ... he makes you tired just working with him."
“For every hour I get a five minute break. I can bank those 5 minutes, and so it comes down to every 12 hours I get an hour off" Jim Brickson explained. “I have to have two witnesses the whole time. Of course, they don't have to stand up. There will be people here ensuring that I stay awake, ensuring that I'm ringing the bell."
Visitors are welcome to visit the ringing site to support Captain Jim Brickson in his quest for a new world record.