Torrence retired this year, and decided to be a bell ringer during his free time. "Years ago, I needed some help from the Salvation Army, and they did not deny me and they helped me, so I appreciate it. So as often as I can, I get outside and do this," Torrence said.
He's given back to the Salvation Army as a bell ringer before, but this year marks his first time doing so in Jonesboro. He promised the local chapter he'd raise more money than anyone else, and he's delivering. "I would say Tim is one of the best bell ringers I've had in my 37 years as a Salvation Army officer," said Major Eugene Gesner. Every night when the staff collect's Torrence's kettle, the haul is usually 75 to 100 percent higher than the others.
To sustain his voice, he sings in different keys and drinks a lot of coffee. What he loves more than anything though, is all the attention he's getting for his voice, and the cause. "When I saw the article in the paper, I said that's a good thing because I wasn't in the obituaries, and I wasn't in the police beat, so that's a good day. I'm above ground and ground is not on top of me," he said.