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Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club member Kathleen Scott with two volunteers help hand out candy at the Trinity River Missions Halloween event. The Altrusa service club has raised over a million dollars to help fund non-profits that promote literacy and help women and children in crisis in the downtown Dallas area.

Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas teamed up teamed up with Trinity River Missions for this year's “Make A Difference Day” service project.

Over 250 Trick or Treaters came to enjoy a safe evening of fun, games, costume comparisons and consuming candy.

Trinity River Mission is a volunteer-based community learning center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success and develops effective life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas, in the belief that education connects us to life’s possibilities.

The National Make a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA WEEKEND magazine and joined by the Points of Light Foundation.  Together they have sponsored the largest national day of community service for more than twenty years. The national day is held on the fourth Saturday of October. The Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club has participated in the day for two decades.

This year the Altrusa members donated money and purchased candy and school supplies to hand out at a special “Trunk or Treat” event on Friday, October 30, 2015, Halloween weekend, at Trinity River Mission. Prior to the event, members gathered to make the hundreds of goodie bags on October 24, 2015 to hand out at the "trunk or treat" event at Trinity on the evening of the 30th.

Altrusa members Angela Caronia, an accountant, Robin Gillespie and Karen Washington, an attorney in her own practice, organized this year's MADD service day.  Altrusa Club President Niki Payne, a Realtor with David Bush Realtors, was also there, along with Attorney Laura Hornung and her two children Jacob & Sarah; Nina Cox, an executive with Mary Kay; Melissa Reilly, with Parkland Victim Intervention Program; and Kathleen Scott, with her daughter Shannon and her friend Alice Maguire, both high school juniors and whom tutor at TRM through National Charity League - Mockingbird Chapter.

Altrusa is a service organization made up of business women and men with a focus on helping women and children. The Downtown Dallas club is affiliated with Altrusa International, Inc. an international organization with over 300 clubs worldwide with a strong history of literacy education. The Downtown Dallas club was founded in 1982, and has had numerous successful fundraising projects to support many non-profits in the area. The club members have raised more than a million dollars for community grants disbursed through the club’s Downtown Dallas Foundation and the members have contributed over 90,000 hours of service for the benefit of the Dallas community.

In addition to this project, the Altrusa Club members support Attitudes and Attire. Club members volunteer with Attitudes and Attire clients on an ongoing basis, helping to dress women returning to the work place by providing them with interview outfits that will give them confidence and help get them the job they are applying for. The club also works with Meals on Wheels, and many after school programs in the Dallas area, and provides scholarships annually for deserving graduates of Young Women’s Preparatory Network - Irma Rangel Leadership Academy near Fair Park in downtown Dallas.

The club members also enjoy social events including an Art Show this weekend, Saturday, November 14, 2015, by Danah Moore, a member of the club, with a lunch after.

For more information about the club see it’s website: and for the Art show see:

Designs By Danah Studio, open 10 am to 5 pm
11333 No. Central Exp. Suite 210
Dallas, Tx. 75243



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