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22 hours later, E. Texas man continues ringing bell to break world record

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Andre Thompson continues to ring the bell outside of Walgreens in Tyler Andre Thompson continues to ring the bell outside of Walgreens in Tyler
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Andre Thompson began ringing a Salvation Army bell in front of Walgreens on Rieck Road in Tyler Tuesday at 11 a.m. As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, he is still ringing.

Thompson's effort is part of a national contest to see who can break the world record for the longest time spent consecutively ringing the bell beside the famous red kettle. As part of the rules, volunteers are needed to help witness the contest. Watch shifts are available in two to four hour increments.

Five other contestants also continue to ring Wednesday morning. Three are in California, one in Minnesota and one in Montana.

As Thompson approaches the 24-hour mark he says he is feeling good.

"I love this! My body is really holding up well. I think the record is mine. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! In the end it's mind over matter," says Thompson.

As the contest continues, East Texans are encouraged to make donations to the kettle or online at www.onlineredkettle.org/exalt. Those interested in volunteering to help supervise the event may contact Chantel Millin at 903-283-8626.

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