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Bainbridge teen sells hot chocolate to help families in need

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BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

A Bainbridge teen raised more than $2500 to help families in need this holiday season by selling hot chocolate. Ryan Adams held his sixth hot chocolate sale Friday. He has dreams of selling hot chocolate nationwide with hopes of inspiring others to give back to the community.  

14 -Year-old Ryan Adams stands on the side of Tallahassee Highway in Bainbridge holding signs with his friends encouraging others to help families in need. He's been selling $1 cups of hot chocolate and sweet tea out of this Pepsi concession stand since 7:00 a.m. in The Charter House Inn parking lot.  

"I just like to let people know that God is out there and he helps you with every way he can," said Ryan Adams.    

Ryan started his hot chocolate sale five years ago.  

"My cousins actually were selling hot chocolate for just money. So I did it and I heard of a family that wasn't going to get any Christmas presents so I decided to give them all of the money and plus my old play station," said Adams.    

 Last year he raised $2200, enough to help 12 families. He also donated $1200 worth of heaters.  

"We paid a woman's light bill and her rent because they were about to get kicked out of their house, they had no money at all. Their house had burnt down and they were in a trailer," said Adams.  

Several of Ryan's friends came out to help him. They hope their contributions will inspire others to do the same.  

"I love how they're giving to the ones in need. Because in the Bible it says the ones who give you will receive," said Jalyn Harrison.  

Even the little ones came to help. Ryan's wrestling teammates at Bainbridge High School also showed their support.  

"I believe everybody needs help every now and then and I just thought it would be a good thing to do," said Hunter Odom.    

Ryan raised $2600. His goal was to raise $2500.  

$1300 will go to the Secret Santa Organization sponsored by radio station 101.9. Ryan and his family are currently in the process of finding other families in need that they can help. Ryan received supply donations from Langston Gray Bowling Alley, Port City Deli and the Bainbridge Pepsi Company.

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