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Local officials serve as Santas elves
Mayors Motorcade brings smiles to regional hospital
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Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler, left, City Clerk Ursula Lee, Jennifer McCorkle and Planning and Zoning Director Steve Scholar smile Thursday after dropping off boxes full of gifts on behalf of the city at Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah as part of the 2011 Mayors Christmas Motorcade. (Crissie Elrick)

Santa Claus received a little help from some unlikely elves Wednesday when mayors and representatives from more than a dozen cities participated in a motorcade-style parade through the campus of Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah to deliver Christmas gifts for patients.
Cheering with joy, patients lined the campus streets as officials from Waycross to Metter passed through and sirens from police cars and fire trucks filled the air during the 2011 Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade. Even louder cheers erupted when Santa rolled through waving and shouting “Merry Christmas.”
On hand to participate were Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler and Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe, who both said they enjoyed participating in the event.
Crowe and Pembroke Police Officer Matt Lynn dropped off several bags of gifts on behalf of the city of Pembroke. Crowe said it was fun being a part of an event the patients don’t normally get to experience.
“It’s exciting for us to participate and see the joy on some of the patients’ faces when they see the lights and sirens,” Crowe said.
Fowler was joined by Planning and Zoning Director Steve Scholar, City Clerk Ursula Lee and Jennifer McCorkle with Planning and Zoning, to deliver several boxes of gifts. He said he was glad the city was able to donate so many items to the cause and noted he favorite part is knowing patients will benefit from the gifts.
“When you’re up there wishing the patients a merry Christmas and happy New Year and knowing that they will have some gifts for Christmas,” Fowler said.
Read more in the Dec. 10 edition of the News.

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