In the state of Georgia there are several thousand citizens living in Georgia’s seven regional mental health and mental retardation hospitals. Many of these patients have lived in these hospitals most of their lives and have little, if any, contact or support from friends or family.
Fifty-one years ago the Georgia Municipal association and then-Gov. Ernest Vandiver created the Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade to help these hospital patients celebrate Christmas by providing each with a present. The staff at the regional hospitals tells us that without the Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade, many patients would go without any type of gift or recognition during the holidays.
Our city has started its gift collection campaign and we are asking for your help. New, unwrapped gifts for the adult patients at Southwestern State Hospital are now being collected in my office in the Government Center, the Recreation & Parks office in Tift Park, the Engineering Department in the Central Square Building, and Thronateeska Heritage Center through Wednesday, Dec. 9. This is an outstanding holiday project for a school, church, business or civic group.
Please contact Kristen Caso at the Albany Recreation and Parks Department at 430-5222 for information on how you can get involved.
Let’s not forget those less fortunate during the holiday season.
Willie Adams, Albany. (Adams has served as Albany’s mayor since 2004.)