ALBERT LEE, Minn. - After five grueling days, three men hoping to break a Salvation Army bell ringing record have agreed to lay down their bells.
Captain Jim Brickson from Albert Lea had surpassed the old 80 hour World Record at the Northbridge mall Friday.
Major Butch Soriano of San Diego and Andre Thompson of Tyler, Texas had also been ringing bells, hoping to make a new record.
Brickson had planned to stay until the other men stopped.
Saturday night all three agreed to jointly lay their bells down after 105 hours.
The men released this joint statement: "We've accomplished what we intended - to bring attention to the work of The Salvation Army and to raise money to serve people in crisis. We have agreed to put down our bells in unison so that we can spend Sunday with our families in worship services. All of us are thankful for the amazing community support and we look forward to 2014 and the attempt to break this amazing record of 105 Hours. This wasn't a competition - it was an orchestrated celebration. Hats off to all six of the contestants who gave up their time to spread the word. Merry Christmas!"