While the money tree in the backyard is unattainable, helping those truly in need with financial assistance this holiday season is within reach thanks to Altrusa International, Inc.

The nonprofit organization, founded in 1917 as a chain of national clubs for business and professional women, will be having a money tree at Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. in north Phoenix, on Dec. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m.

All of the profits will go to the Salvation Army.

“People can really help out those who need it,” said Kathy Boyer, Altrusa vice president for the Phoenix branch. “They can put their name on the donation or in memory of someone in the family.”

Providing support to needy organizations is something Altrusa has been doing for years along with fundraising, providing scholarships to deserving students who graduate from the GED program, feeding the homeless, and many other good deeds.

Anyone can join the club. It meets the first Thursday of every month in Glendale.

For more information, email Boyer at kathieb420@yahoo.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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