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Homerville businessman going blue for autism awareness

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A chart in the front window of Aden's Minit Market let's customers know how close the store is to reaching the goal A chart in the front window of Aden's Minit Market let's customers know how close the store is to reaching the goal
The T-shirts being sold by the parents The T-shirts being sold by the parents
"Make Mitch Blue" is the name of Mitch Roundtree's fundraiser "Make Mitch Blue" is the name of Mitch Roundtree's fundraiser
HOMERVILLE, GA (WALB) -

April is Autism Awareness month, and the manager at Aden's Minit Market in Homerville is doing his part by raising money to help fund autism research.

"This year, we started about two weeks ago, raised up $40 bucks in two weeks. I said, "that wasn't good enough," so I come up with the idea and it took off and we're at $400 so far," said Mitch Roundtree, Manager at Aden's Minit Market.

The goal is to raise $1,000 by April 29th. But Mitch Roundtree is going one step further and offering an incentive to encourage people to help reach the goal.

"If we reach our goal, my wife and the girls that work here will be painting me head to toe, hair, clothes, skin, blue and I'll be pumpin' gas all day for anyone that shows up," Roundtree explained enthusiastically.

Several parents of children with Autism in Homerville are supporting Roundtree's efforts while also helping raise awareness about autism themselves by selling autism awareness T-shirts.

"The first year we did this, we raised about $1,500 dollars and we sold around 100 shirts. The second year we did this we sold around 200 shirts and raised around $2,500 dollars. Our goal this year is $4,500 dollars around and about," Dawn Rice, parent of an autistic child, said.

Another parent, Layne Vernedoe, says the donations to Roundtree's fund and the proceeds from the T-shirt sales are extremely helpful.

"I think with our children, our community has become aware of autism and not only are they a big support for our children, they're a big support for us as well," said Layne Vernedoe, parent of an autistic child.

Vernedoe, Roundtree, and the other parents hope the support will only continue to grow.

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