Community Continues To Raise Autism Awareness

By: Joe Hellriegel Email
By: Joe Hellriegel Email

Mitch Roundtree, manager of Aden's Minit Market in Homerville, Georgia, is painted blue, and pumping gas for his customers. It's all in an effort to raise awareness for Autism.

"The biggest goal that we had was to raise awareness because the more people that know about it, the more people that will help and get involved and volunteer," said Roundtree.

Blue is the national color for autism, and after Roundtree encouraged the community to raise $1,000 to paint himself blue, the community responded, donating over $2,000. Even the Mayor of Homerville decided to paint himself blue for the cause.

"It's just such a great event. We have several families in our community that are affected by autism and our community has really come together to show what a great community we are," said Homerville Mayor Tom Kennedy.

Tracy Lieupo's 11-year-old son has severe autism. She says she is grateful for events like this to help spread awareness.

"I always try to wear something with autism if we take him in a public place, that way it let's people know more, there is a problem, it's not just a child misbehaving," said Lieupo.

To date, the event has raised over $5,000 and organizers say they don't plan on stopping anytime soon.

"It's really bringing our community together, it's a great thing," said Mayor Kennedy.

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