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Monarch's Bellemeade Center in Greensboro help neighbors in need

GSO canned food drive 2012Instead of exchanging gifts with each other, the medical records staff at Monarch’s Bellemeade Center in Greensboro thought it was best to help those in need who might go without this Christmas.

Their generous and thoughtful gesture to collect canned goods to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank and blankets for Greensboro Urban Ministry's Winter Emergency shelters spread like wildfire. Collection coordinators and Monarch Medical Records Specialists Jenny Lutz and Tracy Joyce said staff members from nearly every department at Bellemeade have contributed.  This collection effort has gone so well the Bellemeade staff is considering an ongoing initiative to support even more people in need.

“A lot of the people we serve may benefit from our donations if they use these other community services of which we often refer,” Jenny Lutz explained. “This has been so exciting that some of us are trying to put together something we could do to assist people year round.”

Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. The agency is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit

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