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Fundraiser Benefits Catholic Charities’ Senior Pharmacy Program

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On March 6, 2010, the 13th annual silent auction-dinner dance, “All That Glitters,” was held to benefit the Senior Pharmacy Program of Catholic Charities, of the Diocese of Raleigh. The Program provides assistance to low income adults ages 60 and over, helping with prescription costs as well as medical supplies arising from chronic illness.

The event took place at the Family Life Center of St. Paul Catholic Church in New Bern.  Approximately 160 people participated, raising a record- setting $14,822. The money raised goes to this vital Program serving citizens living at or below the poverty line.

In 1993, the Director of the New Bern Regional Office of Catholic Charities, along with other community volunteers, realized a need among low income senior adults for assistance in purchasing medications. Seniors were making choices between medications and groceries. At that time, there were no other community agencies meeting this growing need. In March of 1993, the Program began providing services.

The New Bern Regional Office of Catholic Charities manages the Program with staff and many dedicated volunteers. Local senior centers provide space for the Program to interview new applicants and allow active clients to pick up vouchers. Vouchers are given to pharmacists to be used toward prescription and medical costs covered by the Program. The Program covers medications for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, acid reflux disease, arthritis, glaucoma, clinical depression and chronic pulmonary diseases.

The Program, which was a featured segment in the 2009 Bishop’s Annual Appeal video, serves the residents of Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties and benefits people of all faiths or no faith tradition. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the Senior Pharmacy Coordinator, Kim Walling, at Kim.Walling@raldioc.org or 252-638-3657.