KCS hosting event to give away OTC medications to those in need

KCS hosting event to give away OTC medications to those in need
Posted on 09/13/2017
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Kannapolis City Schools is partnering with community agencies to bring free medicine to people in need in the Cabarrus/Rowan area. KCS will host the free Over the Counter Medicine GiveAway on Saturday, September 23. The event, which is co-sponsored by NC MedAssist and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, is open to any low-income individual or family needing Over the Counter (OTC) medication. The GiveAway will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at A.L. Brown High School (415 E. 1st Street, Kannapolis, NC 28083). Identification is not required to participate.  

“We are very excited to host this event for our community,” says Angela Ward, part of the KCS Student Services Staff. Ward was instrumental in bringing the event to Kannapolis. “I see so many people that have to choose between buying food and paying rent. They can’t afford to buy medicine. Being able to provide this service is extremely important for so many people, and I’m pleased we can serve KCS families and the entire community in this way.”

This will be the first OTC event held in Kannapolis. It is open to people in both Cabarrus and Rowan counties. Individuals will receive up to ten OTC medical items, which include allergy and pain relief medications as well antacids, cold medicines, first-aid supplies, and vitamins. Participants also will receive other free healthcare services such as information on community health resources and the NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program. The event’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for people who are making the choice between buying food and buying medicine.  

Currently, there are more than 20,000 people in Cabarrus and Rowan counties that live below the Federal Poverty Level and do not qualify for insurance. The OTC GiveAway will provide free medications to people in need and connect them with agencies that can help with their ongoing medical needs.

Each year, NC MedAssist distributes more than five million dollars of donated OTC medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners. “No one should go without medicine,” says MedAssist CEO Lori Giang. “NC MedAssist is excited to work with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare to give back to our neighbors in need. Through our partnerships, we are able to reach more and more individuals and educate them on our free resources.”

The OTC GiveAway on September 23rd will take place in the Activity Fitness Center (AFC) at A.L. Brown High School. The AFC is located off Rose Avenue behind the school near the tennis courts. Volunteers are needed for the event. Anyone interested in volunteering should visit www.medassist.org. That website also provides more information about the OTC Program and NC MedAssist.

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