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Minnesota's top bell ringer passes away

When the Salvation Army tried to honor him, Michael refused to leave his post for the luncheon – a story shared last December in this Land of 10,000 Stories segment.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's most prolific - and perhaps most passionate - Salvation Army bell ringer has passed away.

Michael Gorr is known to many who entered the Mall of America during the holidays. Each year, Michael donated more hours to Salvation Army bell ringing than any other Minnesotan. In fact, every single hour the buckets were out, Michael was there.

WATCH: Top bell ringer declines honor, stays at post

When the Salvation Army tried to honor him, Michael refused to leave his post for the luncheon – a story shared last December in this Land of 10,000 Stories segment.

Michael – who was born with cerebral palsy - never walked a day of his 67 years. Yet, Michael told Boyd in December, “Regardless of handicap, anybody can do something.”

Michael's caregiver, Leah Okongwa, told Boyd Sunday morning, "It meant everything to him to be a Salvation Army bell ringer and to have the privilege of helping others.”