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Monarch spreads holiday cheer through service

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Tanya Beck and Jamie Mendenhall, both recruiters at Monarch, decided they wanted to make a difference this holiday season. Rather than a Christmas gift exchange with colleagues, the pair invited other staff at Monarch’s office on Cherry Street in Winston-Salem to join them in collecting small gifts and personal hygiene items to fill 80 stockings to donate to the Bethesda Center, a homeless shelter and resource center in Forsyth County.

“We just shared what we wanted to do, and others here were excited about the opportunity to participate and help out,” Beck explained. “It is one way that our entire office, which includes so many different areas from within Monarch, can work together to make a difference in this community.”

Like Beck and Mendenhall, people from various Monarch departments, group homes and day programs have made plans to give back to their communities and help those in need this holiday season. From volunteering as bell ringers for The Salvation’s Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, which provides food, toys and clothing to over six million people nationwide at Christmas, to collecting toys for children in need and food for animals, Monarch is working to make a difference this season of giving.

Monarch’s Vocational Opportunities in the Community (VOC) got into the holiday spirit by helping to decorate the City of Asheboro’s official Christmas tree with their beautiful homemade ornaments. The ornaments are not only decorative, but are made of seed to help to feed the birds throughout the winter. On Dec. 9, participants from VOC presented the ornaments in a brief ceremony at city hall.

Monarch's Beach Club of Dare in Manteo is collecting canned goods and other food to donate to the homeless shelter just before the Christmas holiday.

In Elizabeth City, participants of Monarch’s River City Achievement Center collected items for Operation Christmas Child (OCC), an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian organization that provides aid to people in need around the world. OCC collects shoe boxes packed with toiletries, small toys, pens, notepads and more for children in poor or war-torn nations at Christmas. River City partnered with New Providence Missionary Baptist Church to donate items for 10 shoeboxes for children in different countries.

Lora Field, finance-budget manager at Monarch, proposed an idea to her finance colleagues about giving back, but she suggested keeping the initiative closer to home. Field and Cathy McCall, finance reimbursement specialist, who both work at the administrative offices in Albemarle, are coordinating the department’s annual Christmas luncheon. During their party, the plan is to collect items, fulfill a request or fund an outing for some residents at a Monarch home. 

“We thought it would be neat if those of us in finance could do something for someone else,” explained Field who contacted Christy Shaver, regional director for that area, to help identify the perfect opportunity. “People always feel good about giving when a specific need or want is met, especially when it’s local.”

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