World record attempt: 36 hours of Salvation Army bell ringing

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Posted on December 17, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 17 at 12:21 PM

SPOKANE -- Donations to the Salvation Army red kettles in Spokane are down, way down, $30,000 down so far this season.

Capt. Kyle Smith with the Salvation Army is doing something radical to change that.  He's standing outside in 30-degree weather for 36 hours, ringing the bell at the kettle in front of a Wal-Mart at the "Y" in North Spokane.  He started at 5:00 a.m. Friday morning and will be there until 5:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

His wife is not happy.  "She's telling me I'm crazy and there's no sympathy if I collapse," Smith said Friday as he embarked on the world record.

A Florida man holds the current record, at 30 hours.  But he did it in the balmy temperatures of Jacksonville.  Smith is only allowed breaks to go to the bathroom, but he has to keep ringing the bell the whole time he's in there.

Stop and say "Hi" to Captain Smith.  He has some time on his hands and would love to see you.

Where:  Wal-Mart Supercenter, 9212 N Colton St. (At the "Y")

When:  Through 5:00 p.m. Saturday

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