POSTED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 4:56pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7:11pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — As of 4:30 p.m.,Wednesday, three bell ringers have put their bells down including Quinton Green in Handford, California, Captain Emily Jones in Compton, California, and Lt. Rob Lawler in Helena, Montana.
Andre Thompson aka Exalt, started ringing the bell at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday and is still ringing away right now.
The contest is taking place at Walgreens on Rieck Road and KETK has been live ringing the bell along with Thompson all day long.
Many donors have started hearing about the contest and stopped by Walgreen’s to show their support and issue encouraging words to Thompson.
Volunteers are still needed to help witness the contest as it could possibly continue through Friday evening. Shifts in two to 4fourhour increments are available.
Andre hopes to not only break the record of hours rung, but also exceed the amount of money raised last year which was over $4,000. He’s about ¼ of the way to reaching his financial goal.
Andre said, “ I want to continue to do my part in fighting poverty and homelessness. Thanks to The Salvation Army and my Lord for continuing to put me where I need to be in order to help. This is a national event which means possibly hundreds, thousands or millions could be touched and moved to help others or help The Salvation Army help others.”
As this year’s contest continues the community is encouraged to make donations at the Walgreen’s kettle as well as online at www.onlineredkettle.org/exalt . They are also encouraged to like us on Facebook or follow us Twitter with #RingItOn and leave an encouraging word for Andre.
Those interested in volunteering to help supervise the event may contact Chantel Millin at 903-283-8626.