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N.C. MedAssist is holding a drive-thru mobile free pharmacy at the Salvation Army on Ross Mill Road on April 30.

HENDERSON — N.C. MedAssist is holding a mobile free pharmacy event in partnership with Triangle North Healthcare Foundation in Vance County on Friday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 2292 Ross Mill Road, Henderson.

The mobile pharmacy is open to any individual or family needing over-the-counter medications. Such items include cough and cold medicine, vitamins, allergy medication and first-aid supplies. Participants must be at least 18 years old to receive medicine. No identification is required, but face masks are required to participate.

All mobile free pharmacy events will be held as a drive-thru service only. To comply with local recommended guidelines, all participants will remain in their vehicles while volunteers retrieve their medicine. Participants are highly encouraged to pre-order their over-the-counter medicine online by visiting https://medassist.org/mobile and selecting Vance County. Online ordering will be closed two days prior to the event.

Additional options are available for those individuals unable to pre-register online, so that everyone who needs medicine will be able to receive it. But it is highly suggested to come early in the day if you were not able to pre-order online, as medicine will be given out on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

“Due to the pandemic, we had to create a new and innovative way to continue serving the community. We will be bringing close to $100,000 worth of OTC medicine to the event to be distributed to those most in need in our community,” said Sheila Kidwell, director of foundations and communication at N.C. MedAssist. “We understand there is a pressing need, especially in the midst of allergy season. Our goal in this partnership Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is to improve the health of the community, one family at a time.”

The mobile free pharmacy events have served upwards of 1,000 people at times. To ensure the event runs smoothly and that all participants are served by the end, many volunteers are needed. N.C. MedAssist is partnered with safety-net organizations to recruit community members to serve in volunteer roles such as pharmacy consultation, client “personal shoppers,” and sorters. But the organization is still actively seeking volunteers for the mobile free pharmacy event from the community. Any available individuals can sign up at www.medassist.org/volunteer.

At the event, all participants will receive information on N.C. MedAssist’s Free Pharmacy Program, which mails free prescription medications directly to a patient’s home. N.C. 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.

N.C. MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy, founded in 1997. The organization provides free prescription medication to all low-income, uninsured North Carolinians who qualify for their Free Pharmacy Program.

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