Medicine giveaway helps uninsured in Charlotte

Cold and flu season is here and people who have a tough time making ends meet got a little help feeling better Saturday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cold and flu season is here and people who have a tough time making ends meet got a little help feeling better Saturday.

For the first time, NC MedAssist took their free drug giveaway out to the community.

The group gave away hundreds of pain relievers, cough syrup, vitamins and other over-the-counter drugs at Reid Park Academy in West Charlotte.

The group works with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide necessities for uninsured or underinsured families.

For some, It's the difference between spending the winter sick in bed, or up on their feet.

"This is a good program where I can come get stuff I need for free," said Mary Linton, who is on disability.

NC MedAssist has helped over 2,000 people with free medicine since 2012.

Saturday's event was scheduled through 3 p.m. in the school's gym. It's available for uninsured members of the community making below 200% poverty level ($23,300 a year for an individual, or $47,700 year for a family of four). There is a limit of six items and everyone must sign a waiver.

They also do giveaways at their office on 5th Street in uptown Charlotte on every third Friday.


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