Albany, Georgia: For over 50 years, cities across Georgia have brought the joy of the holiday season to patients at Georgia’s regional mental health and mental retardation hospitals through the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade. The program, begun in 1958 by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in cooperation with then Governor 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.
Gifts should be new, unwrapped, and are for the adult patients at the hospital. Suggested gifts include: personal care products, watches, jewelry, playing cards, crossword puzzles, board games, art supplies, radios, stationary and stamps, movies (PG or G rated only), music CDs, tote bags, casual clothing, pajamas, and other gifts appropriate for adults. Monetary donations are welcome as well; make checks payable to Southwestern State Hospital.
Items donated from the City of Albany will be delivered to Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville. Please drop donations at the following locations through December 11:
· Recreation and Parks office at 1301 N. Monroe (in Tift Park)
· Mayor’s office at 222 Pine, Suite 580 (Government Center)
· Thronateeska Heritage Center at 100 W. Roosevelt
· Engineering Department office at 240 Pine, Suite 200 (Central Square Building)
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 you can participate, please call Kristin Caso at the Albany Recreation and Parks Department at 229-430-5222.