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Capt. Robyn Bridgeo of the Salvation Army (far right) stands with Fry�s President Jon Flora with other store officials outside the Fry�s grocery on Ray and Rural roads in Tempe during a fundraising event on Dec. 13. The Salvation Army has a national initiative �Rock the Red Kettle� in an attempt to raise more funds during the bell ringing season so they can better support social services for needy residents around the Valley including the homeless. Fry�s workers raised $2,170 at seven locations in Tempe on Dec. 13. (Photo submitted).

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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

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