Salvation Army volunteer breaks world record


SHELBY, N.C. - Amy Hartley said she hears the sound of bells ringing in her sleep.

After ringing the Salvation Army bell for 38 hours last weekend, breaking a world record in the process, Hartley went home and slept for 12 hours straight.

And she still hasn’t had her fill of volunteering for the organization.

Hartley, who has been a paid and unpaid worker for the Salvation Army for eight years, said you will still see her around Shelby ringing the bell.

In fact, the day before Christmas, she said you will find her standing outside Harris Teeter in an effort to break another record — raising the most money on Christmas Eve in Cleveland County.

Hartley said currently, the most collected in a kettle on Dec. 24 is about $1,000.

“Lets make that the biggest kettle in Cleveland County history,” she said.

During her previous bell rining stint, Hartley raised $1,000 and attracted new volunteers — her ultimate goal.

Hartley said the typical amount raised in a day is around $300.

The Salvation Army provides various resources to people in need in the community, including food assistance.

After breaking the previous record of 36 hours of bell ringing, Hartley said the Salvation Army received “a blast of phone calls” from people wanting to help.

But, she said, the group still needs more.

Not only has she raised money and attracted volunteers, but now Hartley said her friends are lobbying to get her on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as a guest.

She also is trying to have the achievement recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.