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Back to school bonanza: Free OTC meds and school supplies

NC MedAssist always needs volunteers to sort and distribute donated pharmacy supplies.
NC MedAssist always needs volunteers to sort and distribute donated pharmacy supplies. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Families struggling with back-to-school expenses can get a double dose of help Friday as two agencies team up to distribute pharmacy and school supplies in Charlotte.

NC MedAssist, a nonprofit pharmacy program, will give away over-the-counter medications and first-aid supplies to anyone who can’t afford them. A Child’s Place, an agency that helps homeless students, is also offering school supplies for families with school-age children.

The event will be at the Children and Family Services Center, 601 E. Fifth St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. No preregistration is needed; for more information, http://medassist.org/ or 704-536-1790.

MedAssist is also seeking volunteers to help with sorting and monthly distributions. Volunteers can contact Tonia Harris, 704-350-3574 or tharris@medassist.org.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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