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Motorcade of Mayors

Every year for the Mayor's Christmas Motorcade, miracles are delivered to the mentally ill residents of Southwestern State Hospital.

Mayor Rick Singletary for the City of Thomasville says, "Let's face it, you and I walk and talk and do all the normal things that everybody does on a daily basis. These folks here have nothing, no family."

The community pulled together to make sure the holiday season was special for them.

Singletary says, "The money we raise and the gifts that we provide to the clients, this is their Christmas."

More than 500 gifts were loaded up for the patients, donated from cities across southwest Georgia.

Beverly Bajerski, Regional Administrator, says, "There's a list of items that can be given to various clients in our hospital, all kinds of things, lotion to toys to games."

Singletary says, "One of the clients asked for a pair of socks; that's the least we can do."

Santa made his presence felt. He gathered his gifts and headed inside the hospital to fill their hearts with some Christmas cheer, and pre-schoolers of Balfour entertained the audience with songs and skits, and even Santa got into the groove!

Singletary says, "It just makes their whole season. You can hear them in the audience."

Beverly adds, "They feel so wonderful because somebody is thinking about them."

Someone is thinking about them and giving them a Christmas celebration that they won't soon forget.


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