He's a 1-man marathon for Salvation Army

| Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 12:42 a.m.

For the second year, a man with the Uniontown Salvation Army is ringing a bell for the Red Kettle Campaign for 24 hours during the busiest shopping time of the year.

David Bork, a Senior Soldier from the Salvation Army's Uniontown Corps, decided to man a red kettle outside of the Uniontown Wal-Mart last year during Black Friday for 24 hours.

“I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before,” Bork explained. “It's only 24 hours. If that 24 hours has the power to help change someone's life, I'll gladly give up a day.”

The results of his first marathon at the kettle, in November 2011, netted $2,400 for the Salvation Army over a 24-hour span.

Because this year's Black Friday at Wal-Mart started at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Bork decided to start then and end his one-man marathon at 8 p.m. Friday.

“Other than the weather, so far, so good,” Bork said Friday afternoon during a cold rain outside the store. “I'm surprised that people are being this generous with the weather like it is.”

Bork said last year he had his wife pick him up after the 24 hours were through and he slept for 10 hours after that. He believes both things will happen again after this year.

During the duration at the red kettle, Bork said he saw many shoppers coming and going from the Wal-Mart at all hours of the day and the night.

“A couple of people told me I was crazy, but I say sometimes we need to be crazy. Some said I was brave,” Bork said, adding that he actually spoke to people who want to volunteer and man the red kettle like him.

As for manning the kettle for 24 hours straight next year, which would be his third consecutive year, Bork said he and his wife may be in New York for Salvation Army School officer training and doesn't know if he'll be able.

“If not, I'll definitely be back here again,” Bork said. “I talked to a few people who are willing to take the torch.”

Anyone interested in volunteering any number of hours with the Salvation Army Uniontown Corps may call Lt. Shannon Jones at 724-437-2031.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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