HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 10, 2016 – Rahilla Afawdi couldn’t believe the sea of people she saw as she pushed her two small sons around in a stroller at the Over the Counter Medicine Give Away, hosted today at the High Point University Community Center.
While it’s the fifth OTC giveaway hosted in High Point, it was her family’s first time attending.
“I’m surprised by how many people are getting medicine here today,” said Afawdi, who lives in High Point. “The allergy medicine and pain medicine and all these people getting that for free is so good. It’s really helpful for me without any insurance.”
Afawdi was one of more than 1,200 people to attend the event, which was organized by NC MedAssist and supported by High Point University, the United Way of Greater High Point, the city of High Point and High Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Students and faculty from HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy also volunteered as personal shoppers for attendees, providing consultations and sorting medications.
“Robitussin – everyone’s been asking for it,” said Brady Johnson, a pre-pharmacy freshman and High Point native volunteering at the event. “I think it’s awesome that people can come here to get that right now. There are people in need in our community, and it’s great to assist them. For me, it’s also good experience asking people about their symptoms and sorting through all of the medications.”
“Having pharmacy students and faculty here means so much to us because they know the medications and can consult with our patients and our volunteers,” said Kristin Young, foundations and communications director for NC MedAssist. “When they know what’s behind the science of it all, it makes our event run that much more smoothly. I think the students are also learning a lot too by consulting, shopping and interacting with people. This allows them to see the community need around them.”
The organization says they plan to host another OTC event in High Point in the spring.