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A bell ringing marathon

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Albany/HV: A bell ringing marathon
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$12,500 in 24 hours. Those are the numbers important to the Port Jervis Salvation Army as it begins its bell ringing marathon. Our Christian Farrell has the story.

MILFORD, Pa. -- It's that all too familiar sound of the holidays. The bell ringing of the Salvation Army.

At the Wal-Mart in Milford, Pennsylvania, the bell ringer is Port Jervis Salvation Army Lieutenant Christopher Street.

"Usually, in any given day, we'll raise from this entire area about $1,500 in a day," said Street.

The money goes to help the area's needy, seniors and homeless. But Street's aiming even higher during his shift Friday night. That's because he'll be ringing his bell for 24 hours straight.

"We're looking at just over $12,500 to raise," said Street.

Now if Christopher Street collects $12,500, not only will he exceed last year's amount, but an anonymous person has pledged an additional $10,000 if he reaches his goal.

While Street begins his shift with some accompanying holiday music, he knows the most challenging part will be the chilly overnight hours.

"Hopefully, it won't get to cold tonight. We'll see how it goes and see how many times I have to go warm-up. I'll definitely support people bringing me hot chocolate through the night," said Street.

Along with a couple of dollars, of course.

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