Can you ring the bell the longest?

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Enter the first-ever bell ringer world record contest.

The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters in the U.S. announced the first-ever national red kettle bell-ringer world record contest, to begin Dec. 15 and end when the last participant rings the bell for the last time through midnight Dec. 17.

The goal of the nationwide event is to set a new world record for the longest continuous hand bell ringing by an individual (it is currently 36 hours). Participants will volunteer to ring a bell at a red kettle stand for as long as they can at locations across the country.

Complete rules can be found at the following registration form link: Entrants are also asked to submit a photo of him/her to All entrants must register by 2 p.m. (PST) Dec. 2.

In Metro Detroit, The Salvation Army constructed the world’s tallest red kettle. Sponsored by Quicken Loans, the kettle is approximately 56’ by 24’ with 25,000 red LED lights. The kettle was illuminated as the final presentation of the 2011 Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff on Nov. 18 at Campus Martius Park, prior to the city’s tree lighting ceremony. Quicken Loans’ CEO Bill Emerson serves as the Red Kettle Campaign honorary corporate chair.

Photo by Genna Young

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