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After School Program Helps Feed The Poor

Easterseals UCP EMPOWER After School Program Teaches Kindness

Washington, N.C., February 1, 2017

Media Contact:
Heather Ledford

After school is fun and educational at Easterseals UCP EMPOWER After School Program.  This year, with the support of Trillium Health Resources, Easterseals UCP created meaningful after school programs in six locations in North Carolina for children ages 5 to 22 with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their typically developing siblings.  EMPOWER stands for Engaging and Motivating People through Opportunities in Wellness, Education, and Recreation.


In Beaufort County, children kicked off their new year learning about kindness.Beginning with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, EMPOWER staff discussed Dr. King, equality and treating others kindly regardless of race, size, and economic status.In honor of this holiday, the after school attendees decided to make bagged lunches and donate them to the local Zion Shelter and Kitchen in Washington.

Thanks to Harris Teeter and Food Lion, food and bottled drink donations were provided so that the children could pursue their goal of helping people less fortunate than themselves in the community.  The after school attendees learned independence and giving while bagging 30 lunches. 

On January 20th, the Easterseals UCP EMPOWER After School Program delivered the lunches to Keith Harris, the kitchen manager at Zion shelter, who was grateful and appreciative of the children’s passion to help people at the shelter.

Learn more about services for children and adults with disabilities at www.eastersealsucp.com


Easterseals UCP is a non-profit organization serving the special needs communities in North Carolina and Virginia.  Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.


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