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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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