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For Immediate Release

One Day At A Time At The Wilmington CDC

Damage Caused By Hurricane Florence Requires Extended Time in Temporary Facility

Wilmington, N.C., October 23, 2018

It’s going to be a while longer before the Wilmington Child Development Center staff and children return to their old classrooms.Due to extensive damage by Hurricane Florence, a temporary center was created across town at the Independence Mall.

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Children playing at temporary CDC

While the children love the big open play space, Marcie Jaquish, Easterseals UCP Wilmington CDC Director, says there are some challenges.“The open space creates a louder environment that is difficult for some of the children with autism.Our autism team has been going above and beyond working to address the over stimulation from the noise,” said Marcie.

The Easterseals UCP Autism Team created a sensory room where children can take breaks from the larger and noisier room.“We are grateful to the behaviorist for helping us,” said Marcie.

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Debris removed from Wilmington CDC
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Interior Damage to CDC

While the CDC is undergoing an extensive renovation, the staff is going with the flow at the mall. The CDC is requesting donations of mini water bottles, mini juice bottles and juice boxes, individually wrapped snacks, hand sanitizer and paper towels to help them through this next month.With winter around the corner, preventing kids from getting sick is important.

Marcie said, “My goal is to make our old center even better than before and to get back there as soon as possible.”  The center needs an extensive work including new walls, cabinets, electrical and insulation. 

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Wilmington CDC Staff (Marcie in middle)

For more than five weeks, Marcie has dedicated her personal and professional time to the CDC, only taking one weekend off since the hurricane.  Keeping the kids safe, happy and learning has been her personal priority while providing assistance and guidance on the renovation of the CDC. This has certainly been a busy time for Marcie, her staff, and the families served by Easterseals UCP.

Consider donating items to the center or giving to the Easterseals UCP Hurricane Florence Fund.

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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.

Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com.

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

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