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Starting At Noon: Salvation Army Volunteers Go For Bell-Ringing Record

In Chicago: Antionette Levi rings her bell as she solicits donations for the Salvation Army.
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In Chicago: Antionette Levi rings her bell as she solicits donations for the Salvation Army.

They can't sit down. They can't eat. And they have to keep ringing their bells.

The Salvation Army says 24 of its volunteers will be going for a record starting at noon ET when they see just how long they can keep ringing their bells as they stand by collection kettles in cities across the nation.

The current world record for "the longest continuous hand bell ringing by an individual," according to the Salvation Army: 36 hours, a mark set in 2010 by Salvation Army Captain Kyle Smith in Spokane, Wash. (who will be defending his title).

Here's the list of participants and where they will be:

Salvation Army Ringers

-- Ryan Althaus; 4th Street Live, 400 S 4th St. Louisville, Ky.

-- Capt. Quentin Boyle; Wal-Mart, 5307 State Route 251 Peru, Ill.

-- Lt. James Curry; Wal-Mart, 1501 S. Rangeline Road Joplin, Mo.

-- Capt. David M. Davis; Wal-Mart, 3715 Ocean Beach Longview, Wash.

-- Ken Fankhauser; Ted Stevens International Airport, 5000 W Intl Airport Rd Anchorage, Alaska.

-- Latonya Ford; Wal-Mart, Denver.

-- Lt. Matthew Jensen; Foods Co. 1465 South Broadway, Santa Maria, Calif.

-- Alan Jermyn; Wal-Mart Supercenter, 9350 Highway 49, Gulfport, Miss.

-- Lt. Sean Kelsey; Wal-Mart, 34500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, Calif.

-- Matt Linville; Wal-Mart, 2241 Rockford St. Mount Air, N.C.

-- Capt. Marcos Marquez; Wal-Mart, 252 Cheney Drive, West Twin Falls, Idaho.

-- Sgt. Greg Maxwell; Wal-Mart, 641Gulf Freeway LA Marque, Texas.

-- Leilan McNally; 40 Monument Circle, Suite 700 Indianapolis.

-- Capt. Kenneth Perine; Wal-Mart, 4840 Shawline St. San Diego, Calif.

-- Jason Perkins; Wal-Mart, 2701 North Texas, Fairfield, Calif.

-- Daniel Perry; Wal-Mart, 2710 N Broadway St. Pittsburg, Kan.

-- Saundra Shearon; Wal-Mart, 1616 West Henderson Cleburne, Texas.

-- Capt. Kyle Smith; Wal-Mart, 9212 North Colton Street, Spokane, Wash.

-- Capt. Marcelino Soriano; Macy's, 170 O'Farrell Street San Francisco.

-- Capt. Jerome Spalding; Wal-Mart, 6625 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Okla.

-- Tiga Stevenson; Coborn's Superstore, 900 Cooper Ave. S. St Cloud, Minn.

-- Caleb Stokes; 40 Monument Circle, Suite 700 Indianapolis.

-- Darrell Tureskis; Schnucks Supermarket, 2801 Chatham Road, Springfield, Ill.

-- Dustin Walsh; Safeway, 2449 W. Kettleman Lane, Lodi, Calif.

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By the way, the ringers can take 10-minute bathroom breaks every four hours.

Related note: The Salvation Army also reports that some Good Samaritans are again dropping gold coins into the kettles.

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Mark Memmott
Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.