Program provides free medicine to low-income individuals

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NC MedAssist will provide over the counter medicine in an Over the Counter Giveaway Day to low income and uninsured individuals and families in Charlotte on Saturday.

The nonprofit pharmacy group founded in 1997 distributes more than $20 million worth of free medication to 10,000 low-income North Carolinians each year.

Aiysha Hayes, the Over the Counter program chair, said NC MedAssist wants to help the community get a “healthy start to the New Year."

"Choosing between buying food or medication is a real issue in the surrounding areas; our OTC program is here to ease the burden of such a tough decision," Hayes said.

The event will offer over the counter medicine for both children and adults donated by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. The medicine will include allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold and flu medicine, first-aid, vitamins and other medicine.

The medicine is also sent to free healthcare clinics in North Carolina.

The Saturday event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Iglesia Nueva Esperanza or New Hope Church at 4543-A The Plaza in Charlotte.

People interested in volunteering with NC MedAssist at future events can contact Misty Moore at 704-350-3597 or mmoore@medassist.org.