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The Salvation Army bells are still ringing! #RingItOn

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Lt. Matthew Jensen, bundled up for the ringing record!

Lt. Matthew Jensen of Santa Maria, California broke the existing world record for for bell ringing late last night along with three other contestants from the Western Territory: Captain Ken Perine of San Diego, Captain Butch Soriano of San Francisco, and Jason Perkins of Suisan City, California.

Correction: FOUR other contestants from the Western US. How could I forget Ken Fankhauser? He not only rang his way past the record of 36 hours, he did it in ALASKA! He should get extra points for that.

Lt. Jensen made all the way to 41 hours at about 2:00 Saturday morning but had to hang up his bell because of a nagging back injury. The people of his community were thrilled to support the effort and are definitely feeling the love from Lt. Jensen. Read more about this efforts here.

Captain Ken Perine was next to put down the bell after about 38 hours of continuous bell ringing (and being decorated like a Christmas tree by encouraging fans!).

Then, Butch Soriano stopped ringing at 51 hours from his spot in Union Square, San Francisco, setting the longest continuous bell ringing record for Salvation Army officers!

As of this moment, Jason Perkins is still in it! In fact, here’s the list of those who have been ringing for an amazing 52 hours!

Leilan McNally; Indianapolis, IN
Jason Perkins; Suisun City, CA
Saundra Shearon; Cleburne, TX
Caleb Stokes; Indianapolis, IN
Darrell Tureskis; Springfield, IL

Read more coverage about the nationwide efforts to set a new World Bell Ringing Record here!

Thank you to all the contestants who sacrificed time, comfort, sleep and so much more to show their communities the lengths the Army will go to care for people in need!


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