By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Donations requested for charity supporting local mental hospitals

Norcross  - The City of Norcross will be holding its annual giving campaign with the Mayor's Motorcade and is asking for the community to help make the holiday season special for residents of the state's mental health hospitals. Community members can join the giving campaign by asking their family, friends, and co-workers to join in the giving campaign as well.

Donations may be delivered to Norcross City Hall at 65 Lawrenceville Street, Downstairs Rotunda. Norcross residents or business owners, may call for pick-up of donations no later than December 5th. (Gifts will be delivered December 7th) For pick-up of your donation, please contact Melissa Zeigler at melissa.zeigler@norcrossga.net or Mike Jones at michael.jones@ norcrossga.net. You may also call (678) 421-2069.

For 58 years, cities across Georgia have brought the joy of the holiday season to patients, many of whom have lived in these hospitals for most of their lives and have little, if any, contact with friends or family. In 1958, the Georgia Municipal Association and Governor Ernest Vandiver created the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade to help these hospital patients celebrate Christmas by providing each with a gift. Without the Mayor's Christmas Motorcade, many patients would go without any type of gift or recognition during the holidays.

GRHA is a publicly owned facility of the State of Georgia and operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). GRHA is located on 174 acres in DeKalb County. GRHA operates 306 licensed, accredited inpatient beds for three major program areas: 1) Adult Mental Health, 2) Adult Forensic Services, and 3) Developmental Disabilities/Skilled Nursing. GRHA serves a large number of indigent and homeless consumers. No one is refused admission to the hospital because of inability to pay for services.

Published: 2017-11-30 02:40