NC MedAssist Holding Free Mobile Pharmacy Event; Volunteers Needed

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-Press Release, NC MedAssist

NC MedAssist is holding a Mobile Free Pharmacy Event in Vance County, NC on February 21, 2020. The event, which is in collaboration with Triangle North Healthcare Foundation, is open to any individual or family needing over-the-counter medications.

The event will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church (635 S. College St., Henderson, NC) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years old to receive the medicine. No identification is required.

Pictured above, residents attend a mobile pharmacy event held in Warren County in 2019. (Photo courtesy NC MedAssist)

“Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is pleased to bring the Over the Counter Medicine Program back to Vance County,” stated Executive Director Val Short. “The OTC Give Away Day is expected to have a huge impact. Our goal is to improve the health of our community one person at a time. We know that even with insurance, many individuals cannot afford OTC products. The Give Away helps those individuals fill their medicine cabinets with needed items such as children’s Tylenol, cold medicine and even Band-Aids.”

“NC MedAssist is excited to host a Mobile Free Pharmacy event in Vance County,” stated NC MedAssist CEO, Lori Giang. She shared, “Together with our community partners, we are bringing free over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol and Band-Aids, to area residents. No one should ever go without medicine and the Mobile Free Pharmacy Program enables us to reach those who are unaware of our free resources.”

A sampling of the free medication offered at the mobile pharmacy events. (Photo courtesy NC MedAssist)

The Mobile Free Pharmacy events have served upwards of 800 people, at times. To ensure the event runs smoothly and that all participants are served by the end, many volunteers are needed. NC MedAssist is partnered with Triangle North Healthcare Foundation and other safety-net organizations to recruit community members to serve in volunteer roles such as pharmacy consultation, client ‘personal shoppers’, and sorters. However, the charitable organization is still actively seeking volunteers for the Mobile Free Pharmacy Event. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, contact Triangle North Healthcare Foundation at 252-430-8532.

At the event, information will also be available about enrolling in the NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program, which mails free prescription medications directly to a patient’s home. NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for those in need; it is aiding people who are making the choice between buying food and purchasing life-saving medication.

Over the last fiscal year, NC MedAssist distributed over $74.4 million in free prescription and over-the-counter medication statewide. Of course, this would not be possible without the numerous, dedicated volunteers.

NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy, founded in 1997. The organization provides free prescription medication to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. NC MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy Program, the Mobile Free Pharmacy Program, and the Senior Care Program.

Learn more about NC MedAssist right now at www.medassist.org. You can also visit their Facebook and Twitter pages, or contact them to find out how you can help.

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