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Homerville business, mayor go blue for a good cause

Mitch Roundtree and Mayor Tom Kennedy await the next customer at Aden's on Wednesday morning Mitch Roundtree and Mayor Tom Kennedy await the next customer at Aden's on Wednesday morning
Mitch Roundtree pumps gas for a customer at Aden's Wednesday morning Mitch Roundtree pumps gas for a customer at Aden's Wednesday morning
Tom Kennedy pumps gas for a customer at Aden's Wednesday morning Tom Kennedy pumps gas for a customer at Aden's Wednesday morning
Mitch Roundtree Mitch Roundtree
Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy
HOMERVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Thanks to the communities support, the manager at Aden's Minit Market met and exceeded his goal of collecting one thousand dollars to benefit autism research.

Because the goal was met, he and the mayor painted themselves blue, the color of autism awareness, and pumped gas for customers to help raise awareness for autism.

"We hit the thousand dollar mark in eight days and that floored me. I approached the mayor and asked him to join us," explained Mitch Roundtree, Manager at Aden's Minit Market. "We soon hit two thousand and then we grew to twenty six hundred. A local company actually matched that for us the day before yesterday and we are over fifty three hundred now."

Not only did the mayor volunteer, he also helped make the community aware of what was going on. "I was actually at the high school earlier, all the kids are excited. After school, there's gonna be lots of kids comin' up here," said Homerville Mayor, Tom Kennedy.

Most of the community was already aware of the fundraiser though and couldn't wait to come out today and show their support for autism awareness.

"Every day we get the question, 'when are you gonna be blue, when are you gonna be blue,' 'when is this gonna happen, when is this gonna happen.' We keep tellin' 'em, 'April 30th, April 30th,'" Cynthia Gardner, Assistant Manager at Aden's Minit Market, said.

Tim Ryan, a Homerville resident, came out to show his support more than once. "This is my second stop and I may have another stop later on," Ryan admitted.

Mike McCutchins plans to get gas at Aden's at some point on Wednesday to support autism awareness too. "I'm gonna do that today, sir. I love Aden's. It's my favorite store. I drink coffee in there every mornin'," McCutchins stated.

Even though autism awareness month is almost over this year, the manager at Aden's Minit Market hopes that this event will help the awareness continue.

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