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Motorcade delivers more than just gifts

Mayors' efforts bring holiday spirit to regional hospitals

POSTED: December 8, 2012 6:30 a.m.
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Pembroke Mayor Mary Warnell, left, helps a 2013 Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade volunteer load a box full of gifts into a cart Wednesday at Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah as part of the annual event.

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Mayors and representatives from dozens of cities became Santa’s helpers on Wednesday when the 2012 Mayor’s Christmas Motorcade rolled through the campus of Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah.
Patients were filled with glee and lined the campus streets as city officials from 21 cities from Hazlehurst to Tybee rolled through in fire trucks, police cars and other vehicles in the motorcade-style parade to drop off various gifts for the patients.
On hand to participate were Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler and Pembroke Mayor Mary Warnell.
Warnell was joined by Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Sharroll Fanslau, who both attended the event for the first time. Warnell said she enjoyed the event, especially when a patient hand bell choir group played “Jingle Bells.”
“I acknowledged the hand bell choir, and since I’m a member of a hand bell choir in my church I knew they had done a lot of practicing and I let them know how much I enjoyed it,” Warnell said.
While it was her first time participating in the motorcade as mayor, Warnell said as a member of the Pembroke Garden Club she has helped donate gifts for years. She also described the event as a learning experience.

Read more in the Dec. 8 edition of the News.

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