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      Mayors' Christmas Motorcade gearing up for to help patients

      Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard at a Rotary event earlier in the year.
      The Albany Recreation and Parks Department is gearing up to those with mental health issues have a better Christmas again this year.For over 50 years, cities across Georgia have brought the joy of the holidays to the patients at Georgia's regional mental health hospitals through the annual "Mayors' Christmas Motorcade."The City of Albany will collect gifts for the residents of Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville, from November 19th through December 11th. Gifts are for adult patients and need to be new and unwrapped.Possible ideas for donations include: personal care products, table games, art supplies, movies, snacks, and casual clothing.Items can dropped off at the following sites:- The Recreation & Parks office at 1301 N. Monroe;- The Mayor's Office at 222 Pine, Suite 580 (Government Center);- Thronateeska Heritage Center at 100 W. Roosevelt; and the- Albany Department of Engineering office at 240 Pine, Suite 200 (Central Square building).For further information, contact Kristin Caso at 430-5222 or kcaso@albany.ga.us.Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as the story develops and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!