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Exhibitors at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Total Store Expo donated more than 4 tons of consumer goods to charitable organizations throughout the greater Boston area.
NACDS worked with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s (MCCA) Conventions C.A.R.E. (Community Assistance by Responsible Events) program, which is distributing the products to local nonprofit organizations to be dispersed to those in need.
Exhibitors operating at the annual NACDS Total Store Expo, held Aug. 23-26 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, donated products including health and hygiene items such as medications, bandages, vitamins, cough syrup, and other first aid supplies.
“During these challenging economic times, we are deeply grateful to NACDS’ associate member companies for their product contributions to help those in need in Boston’s communities,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson. “NACDS is grateful to have a partner in the MCCA’s Conventions C.A.R.E. program to distribute these goods to local nonprofit groups and health centers.”
“The donations resulting from the Total Store Expo is a prime example of how events can have a direct, positive impact on our communities, and we are extremely grateful to NACDS and its exhibitors for their willingness to partner with us and donate such a large amount of health and consumer goods to local community health centers," added James E. Rooney, executive director of the MCCA.
Some of the nonprofit social service agencies that are benefitting include South End Community Health Center; Whittier Street Health Center; Dimock Health Center; Brookside Health Center; South Boston Health Center; Boston Healthcare for the Homeless; and Gavin Foundation.