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Kroc Center director plans 2nd try at bell-ringing record

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From page A4 | December 08, 2012 |

kroc bell record, 12/15/11

Jason Perkins, the director of the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City, starts his attempt to break the record for non-stop Red Kettle bell-ringing at the Fairfield Walmart in December 2011. Perkins is going to attempt to break the record again this year. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic file 2011)

SUISUN CITY — Ask not for whom the bell rings if Kroc Center director Jason Perkins is there.

Perkins, for the second consecutive year, is going for the red kettle bell-ringing record.

“Show up. Come and make fun of me,” Perkins said of the endeavor that begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Fairfield Walmart at 2701 N. Texas St.

While the focus is on breaking the record of 60 hours of continuous bell-ringing, Perkins said he hopes to raise awareness of the plight of the needy and how the Salvation Army helps them. Last year, he raised almost $7,000 for the Salvation Army.

“I have the easy part,” he said. “I just have to go out and ring the bell.”

Last year, Perkins rang the bell for 57 ½ hours. Only three people, of the 31 who began, outlasted Perkins.

“He’s in better shape. He’s ready to crush the world record,” said Kelsey Pearce, director of congregational life at the Kroc Center.

Rules require the bell ringer to stand the entire time and ring the bell continuously. They are allowed short breaks every few hours.

The Kroc Center wants more than just Perkins involved and plans to have an RV on the grounds for him to grab a quick shower. There is also talk of recording artists Transparent making an appearance and even having a massage therapist drop by. A nurse will remain nearby to check his vitals.

Perkins said he entered the competition last year at the last minute. Now he’s had some time to focus on preparing himself physically and emotionally.

He won’t get much rest before he begins his nonstop bell ringing. He will help Saturday with the toy drive at area Walmart stores as well as the one at the Kroc Center.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

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Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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