Salvation Army captain to ring the bell for 48 hours straight

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- One man with the Salvation Army of the Roanoke Valley is on a mission.

Captain Andy Seiler is ringing the bell outside of the Bonsack Wal-Mart for 48 hours straight.

He began his campaign at 10 a.m. Thursday morning and won't stop until the same time Saturday, even ringing the bell through the night.

"It sounds crazy but it's really worth it to point out the good that the Salvation Army does," Seiler said. "And also 48 hours pales in comparison really to the struggle that the people in our community go through every day so I'm willing to do my part to make this happen."

The Salvation Army has seen a $50,000 decrease in donation compared to this time last year. Seiler hopes to make up the difference and bring awareness to the needs of people in the Roanoke Valley.

Along with Seiler's traditional red kettle, there's also an electronic "red kettle" set up for people donate money with a debit or credit card.