Like Christmas music, Black Friday hype seems to start earlier and earlier every year, along with those lining up to capitalize on advertised doorbusters. In 2013, shoppers lined up nine-plus days before Thanksgiving in Akron, Ohio to prepare for shopping at a Best Buy. Last year, two women in California blew that out of the water by starting their campout a whopping 22 days before Black Friday.
Not to be outdone, this year Kevin Sutton started camping outside a Best Buy in Orlando, Florida on October 25, a record-breaking 33 days ahead of Black Friday. But he's not doing it just to snag a doorbuster.
Raising Awareness and Donations for the Homeless
Here's the kicker: Sutton is on a mission, but it might not be the one you'd think. Sure, he wants to find some electronics at a great price. But more importantly, he wants to raise awareness about homelessness.
He's collecting toys and other items that will be given to children in need just in time for the holidays. And apparently, he's been busy doing other things, too. On November 2, he tended to a gunshot victim in the Best Buy's parking lot, using first-aid skills he says he picked up from The Walking Dead, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
This isn't his first Black Friday rodeo, either. Sutton, a radio host in the Orlando area, camped for 15 days ahead of the shopping holiday last year, and managed to collect three tons of food during that stint. This year, he wants bigger and better. Referencing his successful collection last year, Sutton told WKMG-TV, "If we can do the same where we've got to get a U-Haul, it's all going to these kids, right here in central Florida."
So readers, what do you think? Would you camp out for a cause like this one? Or would you prefer to raise awareness in another way? Sound off below!