Local Gas Station Manager Raises Awareness For Autism

By: Joe Hellriegel Email
By: Joe Hellriegel Email

A local gas station manager is getting creative to raise awareness about autism.

His name is Mitch Roundtree and he is painting himself blue, which is the national color for autism awareness. This comes after the community of Homerville, Georgia, and surrounding areas raised $1,000 for the fundraiser. It's called Paint Mitch Blue, and after the money was raised it didn't stop.

As an incentive for more money to be collected, the mayor of Homerville, Tom Kennedy, is also painting himself blue after another $1,000 was raised. Roundtree says he did not expect this much help.

"'It's been crazy with the customers, the regulars, we have had people drive two hours to make a donation," said Roundtree.

"We've got all kinds of people volunteering. The thousands of people that we have opened their eyes that know all the kids that can't get help, that's what matters," said Roundtree.

So far, they have raised $2,629.69. On Wednesday, April 30, Roundtree will pump gas for all his customers, as well as paint himself blue alongside Mayor Kennedy.

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