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MCACC supports the troops
MCACC troop collection4Participants and staff at The Monarch Creative Arts & Community Center (MCACC) in Southern Pines are collecting personal and hygiene items to send to U.S. Troops to show support through Operation: Care and Comfort.

Amanda VanHorne, program manager at MCACC, said they are encouraging people who want to donate to bring small travel-sized items or hotel shampoos, lotions, etc., to add to the donations. They will continue the project indefinitely or as long as they receive donations.

To learn how you can support MCACC’s effort, contact VanHorne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (910) 692-2936 ext. 1802; or start your own, visit:

'Spring has sprung' at Monarch gift shopsColumbus web
The Columbus Industries Gift Shop in Whiteville and Monarch’s Grapevine Gift Shop in Asheboro and Southern Pines are creating lots of stunning and unique gifts for spring and upcoming holidays.

For approximately four years, people supported at Columbus Industries fulfilled requests for gift baskets at Easter. They made big colorful Easter baskets full of goodies and one-of-a kind handcrafted dolls. Michael Lee, program manager, said if given a theme and a price range, they can make specialty custom gifts to order. Annually during the first weekend in May, gift shop organizers set up at the Town of Chadbourn’s Strawberry Festival. Lee said they always sell out of whatever they display. To learn more about the gift shop at Columbus Industries, contact Donna Smith, developmental specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (910) 642-5827.

Gift shop-webThe Grapevine Gift Shop has lots of beautiful new spring wreaths, baskets and unique gifts, including new monogram items, just in time for Administrative Assistants Day on April 24 and Mother’s Day on May 12. They also created lots of affordable Easter baskets and gifts for the holiday. They have a brand new selection of gifts for the season. Two locations to serve you: Vocational Opportunities in the Community (VOC) in Asheboro and at The Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC). For more information, contact Bunny Schoolcraft, VOC site manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (336) 633-7268. Click hereto visit The Grapevine Gift Shop online. 

ADD Program sponsors annual Easter Egg Hunt for neighborhood children
ADD EASTER EGG HUT22The people supported and staff from the Adult Developmental Day (ADD) Program at Forsyth Industrial Systems (FIS) in Winston Salem recently held their annual Easter egg hunt for local pre-school children. Each year, the ADD Program staff dye eggs and prepare bags filled with Easter treats. The students who attend the Bethlehem Community Child Development Center, which is located near FIS, walk over and meet the people supported and staff before hunting for eggs the staff and people supported have hidden.   

This annual event has become just as important to the people in the ADD Program as it is to the children who participate. The people in the ADD Program have severe I/DD and mostly physically challenged, explained Sharon Burns, program director at FIS. “By sponsoring the Easter Egg hunt the people in the ADD Program give back to their community by the means they have possible,” said Burns. “The event also exposes and educates the community at an early age the differences in people and the I/DD population.  And besides it is fun!”

“The people we support really loved the interaction from the kids from the day care and the event is a great way fun to interact with local community agencies,” said Sherry Eaton, developmental specialist in the ADD Program.

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