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High school student bell ringing for 24 hours

ONALASKA, Wis. (WEAU) -- With bells in both hands, Anna Lattos is on mission.

She's bell ringing for 24 hours for the Salvation Army at Festival Foods in Onalaska.

“I can tell other people it’s time to bell ring right now, right before Christmas. So you can make Christmas better for a few other families in need of it,” said Lattos.

The West Salem High School senior, who’s been excused from school Thursday and Friday, said she got the idea, because she wanted to do something for her senior exit project highlighting homelessness and poverty.

The project requires West Salem High School seniors to do something outside of their comfort zone and give back to the community.

“I just thought what could I do to raise awareness for this, cause I had no idea about it, and I’m sure a lot of people don’t know,” said Lattos.

Anna who has volunteered at the Salvation Army, said staff suggested she bell ring for 24 hours.

Julie Nelson, with the Salvation Army, said Anna is inspiring.

“One of the messages it sends is that if I can stand here for 24 hours, can you get out and ring for two hours,” said Nelson

Anna said she prepared for bell ringing by staying up for 24 hours the past couple of weekends.

“It was kind of hard, but I’m pretty sure, because of the cause I’m going to be able to do it no matter what, because I just have the drive to keep going,” said Lattos.

Anna will be bell ringing until 10 a.m. Friday.

Nelson said last year the Salvation Army had a man bell ring for 24 hours.

He raised just short of $1,800.

The Salvation Army said $500 is usually considered to be a good kettle day.

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