Mark Walden's Mission of Giving

Mark Walden's Mission of Giving

When Mark Walden wasn't on ABC 24 News giving you the forecast, he was out in the community helping somebody or some good cause. Some of it you saw, but most of it you didn't because Mark was giving from his heart, not looking for attention.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - When Mark Walden wasn't on ABC 24 News giving you the forecast, he was out in the community helping somebody or some good cause. Some of it you saw, but most of it you didn't because Mark was giving from his heart, not looking for attention.

Most viewers never knew Mark owned quarter gumball machines, but a lot of Mid-South charities did. The machines were a source of donations for his online charity, "The Giving Experiment."

Mark helped many of the best known charities in the Mid-South. He became a spokesman and ambassador for some of them.

Erskine Gillespie worked with Mark organizing the upcoming "Linking Hands for Life" event at Overton Park promoting organ donation.

"What you saw on television was who Mark was," he said. "You were out in public, you're gonna see Mark somewhere. He's gonna always come up to you and make you feel like, hey you're my friend, let's talk for a minute. He had that personality that engaged the community."

Mark was tireless when it came to answering the call to help, like taking calls at the Ronald McDonald House Radiothon, and a call to go bowling to raise money for sickle cell research.

For Mark the calls just kept on coming, including calls from God at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in downtown Memphis.

"You could see it in his smile, the way he served others," said Rev. Tim Sullivan. "I think he really felt he was being the hands and arms of Christ, especially to the poor that we serve in this neighborhood."

Mark loved forecasting the weather, and he loved helping people have a better day.

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