Last week, AID FOR AIDS received a shipment of 1,000 medicine vials from our longtime partner, Community – A Walgreens Pharmacy. This donation was in support of our HIV Medicine Recycling Program, which recently ran into a shortage of bottles used to store all of the donated medications received in our New York office.
As the HIV Medicine Recycling Program continues to grow, so does the demand for medication and treatment services. Over the past year, the increase in medicine shipments sent from our New York headquarters has grown so much that we began to run out of vials. For this reason, program staff approached the product manufacturer to look into the possibility of purchasing more vials; but after finding out that they only sell in bulk to large pharmacies, the staff decided to turn to Community for support.
“Within a week of contacting our partners at Walgreens, we received a huge shipment of at least two years’ worth of bottles. This, in addition to all of the ongoing support we already receive from them, just confirms Community-A Walgreens commitment to our mission and cause. I cannot express how grateful we are for all of their support!” said Liliana Velasquez, the program manager who has handled our partnership with Community for four years.
All of us at AID FOR AIDS would like to extend a very special thank you to Community – A Walgreens Pharmacy for being one of the biggest supporters of the HIV Medicine Recycling Program. With the help of their nine drop-off locations across the US, we have been able to gather and redistribute millions of dollars worth of medication as well as conduct free HIV rapid testing for thousands of people in New York. This partnership has been a key to our organization’s success, and we look forward to continue saving lives together for many years to come!