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Area shares holiday spirit with patients
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Hinesville Deputy Fire Marshal Lt. George “Bear” Screws unloads donated gifts. - photo by Photo by Krystal Britton
The city of Hinesville joined more than 15 other mayors and cities from Southeast Georgia on Dec. 9 for the 2009 Mayors’ Motorcade at Georgia Regional Hospital. Mayor Pro Tem Charles Frasier and several Hinesville employees visited the hospital and brought gifts donated through the Georgia Municipal Association program.
Each year, GMA raises funds in conjunction with several cities to provide gifts for patients at mental health hospitals throughout the state. This year, Hinesville raised more than $2,500 for patients at the hospital, which serves residents from the area. According to GMA director of conferences and training Janice Edison,  the association raised $26,000 this year to divide among Georgia’s seven hospitals.
“Even in these difficult times, people have found it in their hearts to give,” Frasier said. “I would like to thank the residents of Hinesville for donating and employees for participating. We will be back again next year.”
As the patients greeted the guests and cheered for the mayors, Georgia Regional Hospital Administrator Dr. Charles Li thanked the participants for their gifts and support. During a short ceremony, the gifts were delivered.
“We are here to help our citizens when they need us most,” Li said. “The only way to survive is to reach out to the community
for support. Thank you all for your gifts, support and everything you’ve done
for us.”
Hinesville has participated in the Mayors’ Motorcade program for seven years and Mayor Jim Thomas was the 2009 chairman.
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