Update: Quinton Green of Hanford, one of five people in the country trying to break the 80-hour Salvation Army bell-ringing record, laid down his bell at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday.
"He did a great job and we are very proud of him," Salvation Army Maj. Orpha Moody said.
Ringing the bell for more than 19 hours was not in vain, because Green collected donations of more than $600 in his kettle. she said, adding that it's likely he'll try again next year.
A 19-year-old Hanford man is on a quest to set the world record for ringing the Salvation Army bell.
Quinton Green started ringing his bell at 9 a.m. Tuesday in front of the Walmart in Hanford.
The record is 80 hours, the Salvation Army said. Green must hang on until late Friday afternoon.
"He's going to ring until he drops," said Maj. Orpha Moody, director of the Salvation Army in Kings County with her husband, Maj. Gregory Moody.
The 80-hour record was set last year, with three bell-ringers making the mark.
Green is not alone in his quest. Five contestants around the country are trying to break the record, the Salvation Army said.
The Salvation Army sought contestants for the longest continuous hand bell-ringing by an individual to bring attention to the 123rd Red Kettle Campaign, which raises money for its charitable works.
The bell-ringing tradition began in 1891 in San Francisco. Today, 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers ring bells and gather spare change in the iconic red kettles during the holidays.
Last year, the campaign collected $148.7 million.
Green gets to take a five-minute break every hour. Other than that, it's bell ringing 24 hours a day, and contestants must stand while ringing.
Green, a College of the Sequoias student, is a rookie bell ringer, but Moody has confidence he's a contender because he has been attending the Salvation Army church in Hanford since January and has expressed interest in becoming a Salvation Army church "soldier" who wears a uniform.
"He just wants to give back to the community," Moody said. "He wants to raise as much money as he can."
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