This article appeared in the January 2017 issue of the Georgia's Cities newspaper.
Last years’ five Mayors’ Motorcades around Georgia provided holiday gifts and raised public awareness for citizens housed in state institutions. GMA thanks those participating Georgia cities for their generous gifts of clothing, personal care items, gift cards, checks and other items for the clients.
During her address to visitors and patients at Central State Hospital’s Mayors’ Motorcade program, Nita Cagle, wife of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, praised all those who donated and uplifted patients during the holiday season, as well as their loyalty to the Mayors’ Motorcade over the decades.
“We never shine brighter than when we are giving to other people,” she said.
GMA began the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade in 1959 at the request of then-Governor’s wife Betty Russell Vandiver as a way of providing holiday gifts for the patients of Georgia’s mental health and retardation hospitals. The program is also aimed at raising the awareness of the needs of Georgia’s mental hospitals.
At the time of the first Mayors’ Motorcade, more than 12,000 Georgians were housed at the state’s only mental health hospital in Milledgeville. Moved by the needs she saw there, Vandiver asked city officials to help remember the clients during the holidays with gifts and needed items.