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A 52-hour Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign by one man raised more than $2,000.

Timm Mews says he raised $2,064.61 during his marathon bell-ringing stint.

He says the Marshfield is still in need of bell-ringers throughout the holiday season.


A Marshfield man succeeded in ringing a bell for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign for 52 hours.

Timm Mews was determined to set a record for bell ringing.

He's volunteered as a bell ringer since 2007. Mews told Newsline 9 he felt good after reaching his goal, saying he felt like he could have continued.


Mews says he got the idea for the record from a YouTube video.

"I thought, ‘Wow, this is doable. I'm going to try that.' So, I made up my mind then that I would plan the whole year to make a world record attempt this year," said Mews.

He tells Newsline 9 the current record is 51 hours.

Mews says even though a lot of planning has gone into this, it's still been difficult.

"If I can make it to six in the morning, Saturday morning, and see daylight, I think I'll have a really good chance at making a record, but if I fail, it's going to be during the night," said Mews.

He says he's sticking to the rules that most bell ringers follow. That means no sitting or eating.

"Everybody walking by with doughnuts, those look good," said Mews.

And if you're wondering about bathroom breaks, he gets ten minutes every four hours.

"I thought, ‘Oh, no problem.' I'm telling you, man, last night, I hit that 3 hour period at 5 o'clock – didn't get a break until 6 – oh, that was bad," said Mews.

If Mews succeeds, he'll wrap up his shift with a last bell ring at 10 o'clock Saturday night.

"I have a feeling I'm going to get in the house and – head hit the pillow and be out," said Mews.

But he says his most important goal is filling the kettle with money for the Salvation Army.

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