Dec 15, 2011 at 8:11 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A St. Cloud woman begins her pursuit Thursday morning to make the St. CLoud area the center of the Salvation Army bell-ringing universe.
Tiga Stevenson is one of 24 bell-ringers nationwide taking part in the Salvation Army's first-ever Bell Ringer World Record Contest.
Stevenson will start collecting donations at 11 a.m. Thursday outside the Coborn's on Cooper Avenue South. And if all goes well, she'll stay on her feet -- ringing all the way -- for 60 straight hours -- until 11 p.m. Saturday.
"Who knows how long she can ring...15 hours? Twenty-four hours? Thirty?" St. Cloud Salvation Army Maj. Steven Koehler said. "What I do know is that Tiga is doing this to challenge both herself and the community. Our hope is that her effort inspires others to become bell ringers and spurs current bell ringers to sign up for a few extra hours."
Under the rules, Stevenson has to keep ringing that bell and only gets a 10-minute bathroom break every four hours. Stevenson is the only Minnesota ringer in the contest.
If you want to lend your support, she'll be outside the Coborns on Cooper Avenue South through Saturday night or you can donate online at Stevenson's cyber-kettle.