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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Community leaders from across south Georgia continued a 54 year holiday tradition Thursday in Thomasville.

The Mayors' Motorcade provides gifts to patients in each of Georgia's seven regional mental health hospitals. 

Gifts, music, and of course Santa.

Just part of Thursday's Mayors Motorcade from the City Administration building to Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville.

"Very positive for first of all I would say the residents and the individuals that we serve with developmental disabilities and mental illness to know people care about them, are concerned about them, and support their plight to recovery," said Regional Hospital Administrator Eric Carpenter.

Several south Georgia mayors, firefighters, and other community leaders not only collected money and toys, but also helped raise awareness of the needs of these residents.

"We try to help the hospital out, we bring donations. We bring money and gifts so they can have a nice Christmas," said Hahira Mayor Wayne Bullard.

"During a season when a lot of folks are giving thanks for what they are fortunate enough to have, it's also nice that an event, such as the mayor's motorcade, gives us an opportunity to help those that aren't as fortunate," said city of Thomasville Mayor Max Beverly.

"We know many of them don't have families that can come out and provide them with some of the very necessary things such as socks and shirts and clothing and books and things like that. So we're here to give them that opportunity to support the state hospital," said Kathy Clark of the Georgia Municipal Association.

Carpenter says with state budget constraints this money needs to go further than just Christmas. "Gifts, toiletries, celebration of birthdays and other important events. It is quite important and quite significant."

The Motorcade was topped off by performances from Brookwood Elementary as well as hospital residents and staff.

The hospital collected around $7,500 Thursday.

Administrators say they gladly accept donations of money, clothes, and other items all year.

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