Apr. 8—HENDERSON — NC MedAssist will hold a free mobile pharmacy in collaboration with Triangle North Healthcare Foundation at the Salvation Army in Vance County from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 30.
Sheila Kidwell, who serves as the director of Foundations and Communication at NC MedAssist, said that the event is designed to provide families the medication they need in a manner that is both safe and efficient.
"Due to the pandemic, we had to create a new and innovative way to continue serving the community," Kidwell said. "We will be bringing close to $10,000 worth of [over-the-counter] medicine to the event to be distributed to those most in need in our community."
Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist provides free medication to North Carolina residents from low-income families who qualify for the Free Pharmacy Program. The company distributed more than $76 million in prescriptions and over-the-counter medications throughout the state in 2020 alone.
A key part of that success came from projects such as the Mobile Free Pharmacy, which offers a drive-thru service that abides by social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC that include a mask mandate and can serve up to 1,000 people in one day.
Among the items that will be handed out at the Mobile Free Pharmacy event include cough and cold medicine, vitamins, allergy medication and first aid supplies. Identification is not required but participants must be at least 18 years old to receive medication.
Kidwell is encouraging anyone who wishes to receive medicine to pre-order what they need online. Ordering will be closed two days prior to the event, with Kidwell adding that those who did not pre-order come early in the day while the medicine is available.
Kidwell said that N.C. MedAssist wants to help ease some of the struggles Vance County residents are dealing with when it comes to accessing medication through the Mobile Free Pharmacy and is optimistic that there will be a big turnout at the end of the month.
"We understand that there is a pressing need [for this medication], especially in the midst of allergy season," Kidwell said. "Our goal in this partnership with Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is to improve the health of the community one family at a time."
Kidwell affirmed that volunteers are needed for the event and are asking anyone who wishes to participate to register at www.medas sist.org/volunteer. Residents can pre-order over-the-counter medicine by visiting https://medassist.org/mobile.