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After five grueling days of non-stop bell ringing, the three contenders for the Salvation Army World Bell Ringing record have agreed to jointly lay their bells down after 105 hours. (That will be 8 p.m. CST Saturday Dec 7)
A joint statement from the ringers: Major Butch Soriano, San Diego, CA; Captain Jim Brickson, Albert Lea Minn.; Andre Thompson, Tyler TX
We've accomplished what we intended - to bring attention to the work of The Salvation Army and to raise money to serve people in crisis. We have agreed to put down our bells in unison so that we can spend Sunday with our families in worship services. All of us are thankful for the amazing community support and we look forward to 2014 and the attempt to break this amazing record of 105 Hours. This wasn't a competition - it was an orchestrated celebration. Hats off to all six of the contestants who gave up their time to spread the word. Merry Christmas!