On Tuesday, The Salvation Army Tyler will participate in the 2013 Salvation Army World Record Bell Ringing Contest.
The contest will begin at 11 a.m. at Walgreen's on Rieck Road and South Broadway. "Bells around the world will beginning ringing at the same time and continue until the last man is standing," according to the written release.
Dec. 3 is known around the world as Giving Tuesday, according to the written release from The Salvation Army. Giving Tuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.
Salvation Army volunteer and Christian rapper Andre Thompson, a.k.a. Exalt, will attempt to win the 2013 Salvation Army World Record Bell Ringing Contest as well as raise money and awareness of The Salvation Army and its many programs and services.
In 2011, Caleb Stokes and Leilan McNally made bell-ringing history. The men rang the iconic bells outside of the Emmis Communications Building on Monument Circle in Indianapolis for 60 straight hours. Along with Darrell Tureskis, another contestant in Springfield, Ill., the two men set the new world record.
This inaugural World Record of Bell Ringing was put on by The Salvation Army's National Headquarters as part of a national effort to celebrate and recognize 120 years of The Salvation Army Red Kettle. Last year the record was broken by reigning co-champion Tureskis and two ringers in New Mexico and California who put down their bells after 80 hours of continuous ringing.
As this year's contest continues the community will be encouraged to make donations at the kettle as well as online at www.onlineredkettle.org/Exalt.