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NC MedAssist and A Child’s Place Team Up

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Aug 182015
 

NC MedAssist & A Child’s Place Team Up to Promote a Healthy Start to the School Year

 

What:                                 

Free Over the Counter Medicine and School Supply Give Away Day

When:                                 

Friday, August 28, 2015, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where:                               

Children and Family Services Center – Training Room 1 and 2, 601 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

 

Event Summary:              

NC MedAssist, a nonprofit pharmacy program that provides free prescription medicines to low-income/uninsured North Carolinians across the state, will partner with A Child’s Place to host a FREE over the counter (OTC) medicine and school supply giveaway day on Friday, August 28.

NC MedAssist and A Child’s Place are encouraging families who are in need of OTC medicine and school supplies for their school-aged children to stop by from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. NC MedAssist is expecting over 500 individuals to attend the giveaway day; those without school-aged children are still encouraged to attend and will receive needed OTC product.

Each individual will receive over $80 worth of OTC product. The giveaway day will feature an array of items that include allergy, pain and indigestion relief, cold and flu medicine and first aid. Families can also pick up children’s items such as vitamins, Band-Aids, and much more.

“We are delighted to be able to give back and to partner with A Child’s Place to give children a healthy start to the new school year. Many of our neighbors make tough financial decisions and we hope to ease at least some of the burden by stocking their medicine cabinets. ”

-Aiysha Hayes, Hayes Financial and Tax Service, OTC Program Chair.

Participants who have school-age children will be able to select needed school supplies such as spiral notebooks, pens, crayons and glue.

“Illness is one barrier many children in our community face preventing them from being in school daily. Every day that a child is absent, they miss valuable instruction time and are outside the safety and physical comforts provided within school. It is our hope that through the giveaway day, children in our community will get the medicine and school supplies they need to have a healthy start to the school year.”

– Susan B. Hansell, A Child’s Place, Executive Director.

Fast Facts:

  • Since its inception, MedAssist has distributed over $1.6 million in donated OTC medicine.
  • Approximately 5,000 individuals have participated in an OTC Giveaway Day, receiving free medicine that they can’t otherwise afford.
  • All OTC medicine is free and donated by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
  • Volunteers at MedAssist sort and distribute the medicine to families.

 

Help Needed:

Both volunteer groups and individuals are needed to help sort medicine on delivery days and distribute medicine during monthly giveaways days. Interested individuals and large groups from local businesses, churches, sororities, and fraternities are encouraged to contact Tonia Harris, 704.350.3574 or tharris@medassist.org.

 

About NC MedAssist

Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy program, the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine program, and the Senior Care program. MedAssist dispenses more than $20 million worth of free prescription medication to 10,000 low-income North Carolinians each year. To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

About A Child’s Place

All children are at risk of failure but those experiencing the chaos of homelessness are at the greatest risk of falling behind in school. In an effort to erase the impact of homelessness on academic performance, A Child’s Place provides immediate, emergency services and referrals to children and their families in the midst of crisis. We stand by families as they progress from crisis to safer housing situations- all the while keeping the student focused on academics and learning. To learn more about A Child’s Place or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit www.achildsplace.org.

 

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FREE Over the Counter Medicine Give Away Day in Dare County

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Jun 182015
 

FREE Over the Counter Medicine Give Away Day in Dare County

NC MedAssist, Community Care Clinic and Vidant Outer Banks Foundation Host Give Away in Nags Head

Nags Head, NC (June 16, 2015) – – NC MedAssist, together with the Community Care Clinic of Dare and The Outer Banks Hospital, will hold a free Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Give Away Day in Nags Head on Thursday, July 25.   The event, which is made possible by Vidant Outer Banks Foundation, is open to any individual or family willing to attest to having a financial need.   The Give Away will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Community Care Clinic of Dare (425 Health Center Drive, Nags Head, NC).

This is the first OTC Give Away Day in Dare County and event organizers plan to serve close to 400 individuals. Each participant will receive more than $80 worth of OTC product which includes items such as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, first-aid and vitamins.

“The Community Care Clinic of Dare is very pleased to expand its mutually beneficial collaboration with NC Med Assist and The Outer Banks Hospital in this first Dare County Over the Counter medication Give Away,” stated Community Care Clinic of Dare Executive Director Rick Gray. “All partners are committed to the overall health and well-being of their community and look for new ways to supplement existing programs. The OTC Give Away is yet another example of what collaborative efforts can produce.”

NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help alleviate the strain on the healthcare system by providing medications to those who normally use the emergency room for reasons such as fever, minor pain relief and treating cold and flu symptoms.

“Choosing between buying food or medication is a real issue,” stated OTC Program Chair Aiysha Hayes. “Our OTC Program is here to ease the burden of such a tough decision. We are delighted to be able to give back to Pitt County residents.”

Since its inception, NC MedAssist has distributed over $1.6 million dollars of donated OTC medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners. All OTC medication is donated to NC MedAssist by Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina.

About NC MedAssist: Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy program, the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine program, and the Senior Care program. MedAssist dispenses more than $20 million worth of free prescription medication to 10,000 low-income North Carolinians each year. To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Corporate Organizations Give Back During Week of Caring

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Jun 012015
 

Corporate Organizations Give Back During Week of Caring

Wells Fargo and Deloitte Participate in NC MedAssist’s Over the Counter Medicine Give Away

Charlotte, NC (June 1, 2015) – – Once a month, NC MedAssist hosts a free Over the Counter Medicine (OTC) Give Away in Mecklenburg County. The pre-work associated with a Give Away Day requires several days and hours of sorting and organizing OTC medications, which are donated by Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina. This month, both Wells Fargo and Deloitte have set aside time for team members to help sort, organize, pack, and distribute NC MedAssist’s Give Away products.

To kick off the Week of Caring, Wells Fargo team members will sort through hundreds of donated OTC medications that will be distributed throughout Mecklenburg County. These medications include pain relief, allergy relief, vitamins, and children’s medications.

“We are honored to be a part of the Over the Counter Medicine Give Away Day,” stated Brittany Miles Moore, Wells Fargo project manager and NC MedAssist Ambassador. “Being a part of the Week of Caring gives our team members a chance to learn about different non-profit and charity organizations in Charlotte. We hope this day inspires them to continue to give back to our community throughout the entire year.”

The OTC medications sorted by Wells Fargo team members will then be distributed during a free Give Away Day on June 5 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Little Rock AME Zion Church (401 N. McDowell Street).   Families and individuals willing to attest to having a financial need will each receive over $80 worth of OTC product.

NC MedAssist Give Away Days are fully run by volunteers. On June 5, team members from Deloitte will serve as lead volunteers. Deloitte will distribute the sorted OTC medication to individuals in need by ‘shopping’ for the products that each person or family has chosen.

“Each Spring, our employees give back to the community by participating in Deloitte’s Impact Day,” stated Deloitte Audit Senior Manager Mory Lowe. “Our team members are looking forward to working with NC MedAssist and helping our fellow community members obtain much needed OTC medications.”

The overall goal of NC MedAssist’s Give Away Days is to help alleviate the strain on the healthcare system by providing medications to those who normally use the emergency room for reasons such as fever, minor pain relief and treating cold and flu symptoms.

“Simply having access to children’s Tylenol can help a family reduce a child’s fever and avoid an unnecessary emergency room visit,” stated OTC Program Chair Aiysha Hayes. “Choosing between buying food or medication is also real issue in Mecklenburg County. Our OTC Program is here to ease the burden of such a tough decision. We are delighted to be able to give back to the community.”

Since its inception, NC MedAssist has distributed over $1.6 million dollars of donated OTC medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners.

NC MedAssist is always looking for groups or individuals to volunteer. Volunteer opportunities are available both prior and at OTC Give Aways. For more information on Volunteering for the OTC Program and NC MedAssist, please visit www.medassist.org.

About NC MedAssist: Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy program, the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine program, and the Senior Care program. MedAssist dispenses more than $20 million worth of free prescription medication to 10,000 low-income North Carolinianseach year. To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 

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