Mayor Edna Jackson led a group of mayors from across the region who came to the aid of those in need today as part of the 55th annual Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade. Mayor Jackson was Chairwoman of this year’s event.
Each of the Mayors brought gifts donated by citizens of their communities and then traveled motorcade-style to Georgia Regional Hospital, where gifts were delivered to deserving patients.
The Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade was started in 1958 by the Georgia Municipal Association at the request of then- Governor Ernest Vandiver as a way of providing holiday gifts for the patients of Georgia’s mental health and retardation hospitals. The program is aimed at raising awareness of the needs of Georgia’s mental hospitals.
There are currently seven regional mental hospitals in the state, serving some 3,200 Georgians. Many of these clients have lived in the hospital facility for much of their lives and receive little, if any, support from their families. Without the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade, many of their clients would not receive a gift for the holidays.
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