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Utility workers donate to local charities
Ga Power - Helens Haven
Citizens of Georgia Power Company President Collie Williams hands Teresa Winn, The Fraser Centers executive director and Helens Haven representative, and Helens Haven therapist Suzette Williams a $2,500 donation Thursday. Georgia Power employees from back left are Hillary Sanchez, Karonda Ivey, Jennifer Ball, Michele Walls, Willie Cato, Anthony Burns and Turiya Romer-Portis. Not pictured is Terri Liles, Helens Haven coordinator. - photo by Photo by Denise Etheridge

The Citizens of Georgia Power Company donated $2,500 checks to the Manna House and Helen’s Haven on Thursday morning.
The group is the company’s local, internal civic club, whose members are Georgia Power employees, their spouses and family members.
“We do community work, from picking up trash to fund raising and handing out donations,” said Collie Williams, Citizens of Georgia Power Company president.
Williams said club members nominated Helen’s Haven and Manna House from among many deserving charities in Liberty County for the donations.
Helen’s Haven is a nonprofit advocacy center for children who have been mentally, physically or sexually abused. Manna House operates a food pantry that provides food for needy families in Liberty County.
Teresa Winn, The Fraser Center’s executive director and Helen’s Haven representative, said she and therapist Suzette Williams conduct forensic interviews at the center and help children get into therapy so they can heal from their various traumas.
Dr. Doug Harn, Manna House board member and vice president of Liberty County’s Homeless Coalition, said Manna House feeds 69 people a day and provides brown bags of food to 98 senior citizens each day. The food pantry distributes 2,000 pounds of food each month, Harn said.
He added that there are 261 documented homeless individuals in Hinesville. The Rev. Katrina Deason is Manna House executive director.
Georgia Power is a regional utility that supplies electric power and energy services to Georgia businesses and residents. It is a subsidiary of Southern Company.

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