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Valdosta city leaders become red kettle bell ringers

Commander Leslie Manahan was one of many city leaders who spent time helping the Salvation Army collect donations Friday Commander Leslie Manahan was one of many city leaders who spent time helping the Salvation Army collect donations Friday
Valdosta Mayor John Gayle conversed with Commander Leslie Manahan as they rang the bells for the Salvation Army Valdosta Mayor John Gayle conversed with Commander Leslie Manahan as they rang the bells for the Salvation Army
Leslie Manahan Leslie Manahan
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Friday, Valdosta city leaders helped the Salvation Army help South Georgians in need this holiday season.

Council members, Valdosta police, and even Valdosta's mayor spent time as red kettle bell ringers at the Winn Dixie on North Valdosta Road. Valdosta Police Commander Leslie Manahan said it was the first time she had been a bell ringer and said it made her happy knowing that she was helping her community give back.

"It feels good; it's a positive feeling. Any time you can do something for those for who are less fortunate it makes you feel good," said Commander Manahan.

The Salvation Army will have red kettles out at various locations across South Georgia throughout the holiday season. The tradition of using a kettle to help collect money for those in need during the holidays began in 1891.

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