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For Immediate Release

Giving Tuesday #1: A Mother and Daughter Feed Hundreds of People

Post Hurricane Efforts Support Those in Need

New Bern, NC, November 6, 2018

The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when it comes to Lillian Burley and her daughter Habiba. Within days of Hurricane Florence, Lillian, an Easterseals UCP  Intensive In-Home specialist, and her daughter, a local business owner, jumped right in and helped the people of the New Bern region.

giving tuesdayWith November, being the month of giving, Thanksgiving, and Giving Tuesday (November 27), we are highlighting stories of giving.  Lillian and Habiba’s story includes the giving of their time, their money and their love.

Lillian started her journey of giving after the hurricane by handing out over 250 meals with a food truck from Windsor, NC called “Ya’ll Eat Yet.”  From there, Lillian headed to Pamlico Country and served another 150 meals.  For a week, Lillian and her fellow Easterseals UCP employees in New Bern including Kathy Lewis, Amie Fulcher and Pam Spain fed hundreds of people in Craven, Pamlico and Carteret Counties with food generously donated by Carry Out by Chrislyn in Washington, NC. 

giving tuesdayMeanwhile, Habiba, Lillian’s daughter, who owns the Five Points Deli and Desserts in New Bern, opened her deli after the hurricane and fed over 200 families.  When Habiba learned that a nearby nursing home could not provide meals to residents, she made sure they had meals for a couple of days.  

Lillian said, “When I first saw the devastation in New Bern, I had to jump right in and help.”  She remains grateful that she could help so many people by the giving of her time and money.

Without hesitation, Lillian treated the New Bern staff to a seafood lunch at her own expense. The giving didn’t stop as Lillian assisted with community cleanup, assisting families with FEMA registrations, finding resources to assist with homes, and providing tarps to 50 families without roofs.

giving tuesdayThe giving continues and the support is still needed as people recover and rebuild.  Children and adults with special needs, disabilities and mental health challenges need services more than ever keeping the Easterseals UCP staff committed to meeting those needs.

During these past five weeks, the Easterseals UCP front line has worked extremely hard providing services to the children they serve along with giving parents a break through day-long respite programs. 

Consider giving now to continue support services from the Easterseals UCP staff.  Click here to donate online.


Easterseals UCP provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.


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For more information contact:
Kathy Edgerton
Easterseals UCP Chief Communications Officer
(O) 919-865-8660
(C) 919-208-0621


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