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City participating in Mayors Christmas Motorcade

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POSTED: October 27, 2007 5:01 a.m.
The city of Hinesville will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for residents of the state’s mental health and retardation hospitals.
For 49 years, cities across Georgia have brought the joy of the holiday season to patients at Georgia’s eight regional mental health and retardation hospitals through the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.
The program, begun by the Georgia Municipal Association in cooperation with former Gov. Ernest Vandiver, relies on citizen participation in each city to donate gifts for the patients, many of who would not receive gifts or be recognized without the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.
According to hospital staff, many of the patients at these hospitals have lived there most of their lives and have little, if any, support or contact with friends and family.
Donated items from the city of Hinesville will be delivered to the Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah on Dec. 12, 2007.
Civic organizations, businesses, churches, schools, scout troops and individual citizens are encouraged to help with the collection of gifts for the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade.
For more information on how groups can participate, call Niesha Williams or Jennifer Leos at 876-3564.
Drop-off locations are Hinesville’s city hall, fire department, police department and the department of inspections.
 

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