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Altrusa continues Easter tradition for Assurance Home

Easter baskets filled with gifts are delivered to the Assurance Home by members of Altrusa. Pictured, from left, are: Joletha Alford, Mary Featherstone, Charles Dawe, Abraham Jimenez, Rhonda Lujan and Joan Blodgett. (Submitted Photo)

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Each year around Easter, members of the Altrusa Club of Roswell, NM, deliver Easter baskets to the residents of the Assurance Home. Many individuals and organizations will support the most popular causes and then change their focus when new or more publicized causes emerge, but not Altrusans, who have been delivering these Easter baskets since 1980.

Thoughts from Ron Malone, Executive Director of the Assurance Home:

Members of the Altrusa Community Service Committee prepare Easter baskets for the residents of the Assurance Home. Pictured, from left, are: Janice Villareal, Mary Featherstone, Dianne Marley, Gail Lucier, Joan Blodgett and Rhonda Lujan. (Submitted Photo)

“In 1979, when Altrusa learned of a new program in town that was helping take care of mistreated, homeless and at-risk teens, they wanted to do their part and continue to do so today.

“The Assurance Home opened its doors on April 19, 1979, a couple of weeks after Easter. When Altrusa found out that many of these older children were never allowed to or given the opportunity to celebrate a holiday, they wanted to change that for them. By the time the next Easter rolled around in 1980, Altrusa had a plan. They filled festive Easter baskets with candy, presents, plastic eggs stuffed with money, and lots of gift cards — everything a teenager would enjoy. They presented those baskets to the Assurance Home so the Easter Bunny could leave them for the teens on Easter morning. For the first time, many children learned what it felt like to be cared for by a loving community.

“Every Easter from 1980 to 2021, the young people of the Assurance Home have been blessed with wonder and kindness through the Altrusa Easter baskets; that adds up to 41 years and thousands of happy teenagers.

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“The Assurance Home is so thankful to Altrusa for their continuous support and for their dedication in bringing a little happiness to our struggling teens.”

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