Brickson Going For 100 Straight Hours

Created: 12/07/2013 12:04 PM KSTP.com

(KSTP) - Captain Jim Brickson of Albert Lea is well past the previous 80-hour world record for Salvation Army bell ringing.

But he is still in the hunt for the title as two other men are still in the contest after 92 hours of ringing, and counting.

Along with the determination to continue the quest, Brickson has a new financial goal of $35,000. That is $300 per hour, at least, until 100 hours.

Brickson also has a goal of an extra $5,000, $1,000 for "each night I miss tucking my daughter into bed."

The red kettle at Northbridge Mall, along with online donations, have brought in more than $28,000 so far.

The Twittersphere is hinting that at least one of his competitors is considering hanging up the bell at 3 p.m. Satruday, according to officials from the Salvation Army. Major Soriano from California tweeted that he will be done after 100 hours of ringing. Soriano's previous record was 51 hours, from his marathon ringing the first year of the contest in 2011.

Followers of Brickson's other rival, Andre Thompson from Tyler, Texas, say he is determined to keep ringing.

Donations to Captain Brickson's online kettle can be made here.

Text to Give from mobile phone by texting NORTH to 80888 and a $10 donation will go to his cause. Donars also have to option to call in a credit card donation to 800-SAL-ARMY.