Salvation Army: Volunteers behind the bell

Andre Thompson set Guinness World Record in Texas for most hours ringing the Salvation Army bell in a competition in 2013.

There are more than three million people volunteering to ring the bells at the red kettles each year, all ages come together to help raise money for the Salvation Army.

One East Texan, Andre Thompson, dedicated his time like many others to the organization, 105 hours to be exact. 

Thompson competed in a nationwide bell ringing competition with two other competitors, from two different states back in 2013.

Each contestant set down their bell at exactly 105 hours, making it a three-way tie.

Thompson alone raised over $64,000 for the Salvation Army, which goes to feed, clothe and shelter those go without. 

Although, he says he won't dedicate 105 hours this year, his heart still leads him back to the bell. 

If you'd like to get involved whether it's volunteering for an hour or 105 hours, you can by visiting the Salvation Army website. 

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