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A Message from Mayor Stimpson - December 21

Dec 21st, 2020

Posted in: MayorCOVID-19

Good evening,


It is 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 21, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.


Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 23,745 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 186 cases. To review MCHD's detailed report, click here.


Our Public Works Department will be adjusting the hours for trash and garbage collection during the Christmas Holiday. Household garbage will be collected as normal on Thursday, December 24 but curbside trash will not. Trash nor garbage will be collected on Friday, December 25. The make-up day for Friday’s garbage collection will be on Saturday, December 26. The City’s recycling drop-off locations will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 24 and will remain closed until 7 a.m. on December 26. 


If you weren’t aware, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is hosting the 25th Anniversary Season of its annual Magic Christmas in Lights show this year. This dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 16 scenes that span the walking tour of this 65-acre Garden estate. 


The show will continue nightly through Jan. 3, 2021, and the hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Monday, and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Guests on Tuesday evenings can also experience “Fat Tuesdays” at Bellingrath, where members of Mobile mystic societies are invited to toss beads to guests from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the new Mardi Gras display on the far side of Mirror Lake!


Today, the Mobile Police Department concluded “Operation Santa’s Helpers,” which is an annual event to help children in need. Typically, MPD calls the event “Shop with a Cop,” but this year officers shopped for 50 children ahead of time and then met with parents and children to hand out the gifts today.


All the gifts received today were picked out by the families and included scooters, LEGO sets, miniature hockey games, play kitchens, dolls and clothing. Operation Santa’s Helpers is a project organized by the Crime Prevention Unit, but it relies on support from sponsors like Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union, Joe Bullard Automotive, Springhill Toyota and the Gulf Coast Association of Black Journalists. 


It is always great to see our employees so passionate about helping others. Just like our Parks and Recreation employees that helped during a toy giveaway last week, the men and women in MPD’s Crime Prevention Unit spent time helping these families today because that’s exactly where they wanted to be.


In Leadership Promises for Every Day, author J. Maxwell notes that, “more than experience, intelligence, and education, it’s a successful person’s passion that often makes the difference.” Passion is the first step to achievement. Your desire determines your destiny. It’s passion that can make the impossible possible.


What are you passionate about, and what do you plan to do tomorrow in service of that passion?


Sleep tight,