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Florida man starts Black Friday camping 33 days early

By Ben Hooper
Florida man starts Black Friday camping 33 days early
A Florida man started camping outside the Orlando Best Buy 33 days before Black Friday to raise awareness for homeless children. Photo by Lynn Watson/Shutterstock.com

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Florida man who started his Black Friday camp-out 33 days early said his efforts are about more than a new TV -- he's trying to raise awareness for homeless children.

Kevin Sutton, who set up his tent outside the Best Buy at Orlando's Florida Mall Sunday, 33 days before the annual Black Friday sale, said he is hoping to buy a new TV at a discounted rate the day after Thanksgiving.

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Sutton told WKMG-TV he is also soliciting donations of money, toys and other gifts for the Love Pantry, a charity that serves some of the 13,000 homeless children in Central Florida.

Sutton said he wants is camp out to raise awareness of youth homelessness in the state.

Best Buy, which has been allowing Sutton to use the restroom during his 33-day stay outside the store, tweeted a congratulatory message.

"Kudos to Kevin Sutton who's camping out at @BestBuy for a cause," the tweet said.

Sutton, who camped outside the store for 15 days last year, said he is hoping to break the Black Friday camping record of 22 days, which was set by two women in California last year.

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