The Salvation Army of Roswell seeks sponsorship and donation pledges in support of its bell-ringing world record attempt, scheduled to start 11 a.m., Tuesday, at Walgreens, 1835 N. Main St.
Capt. Beau Perez said the organization decided to participate after the post office’s recent refusal to allow Salvation Army bellringers to collect donations in front of its buildings, following regulation that says “soliciting alms and contributions … or impeding access to or departure from Post Offices are prohibited on Postal Service property.”
The regulation stipulates that organizations would be allowed to do so if they had a contract with the post office. The local Salvation Army has since created an agreement that would indemnify the post office from any liabilities that may occur while the organization is on the premises.
Perez said the location at the post office has brought The Salvation Army much of its donations throughout the years, but he hopes that the organization can regain any loss through the bell-ringing effort.
Ryan Gass will attempt to break the world record of consecutive 60 hours and will be allowed five-minute breaks every hour.
The organization is collecting pledges based on every hour Gass continues to ring, and all proceeds will help fund The Salvation Army in Chaves County. Contributions are tax-deductible.
Along with Walgreens, the organization also has sponsorship from Pioneer Bank, Golden Corral and Roswell Wool, which will donate a pair of socks, as well.
Gass, 21, is an active member of The Salvation Army, but this will be his first time bell-ringing. “I heard about it from Beau and decided it was a good ministry opportunity,” he said. “I was gung-ho (to do it).”
To become a sponsor or pledge an amount, contact The Salvation Army at 622-8700.