Rex the piggy bank is out there, and he will continue to be until the first week of November, so there is still some time to feed him a monetary treat.
That’s according to Brenda Meadows, executive director of The Shepherd’s Staff, which all through October has been holding its annual “Rex Rx” fundraising campaign. It’s a long-running program of the nonprofit’s that is focused on helping people who may fall through cracks of other programs afford their medications.
“We have a lot of folks that are in a place in their lives where they are struggling and have to decide between a meal and a prescription,” Meadows said. “They are choosing not to take their diabetes medication because they don’t have the funds for both.”
Rex piggy banks can be found in Forbidden City, Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano, The Taney Service Center and The Buttersburg Inn, among other area establishments.
In 2017, The Shepherd’s Staff was able to help 120 people though the program, Meadows said, but the fundraiser dates back 25 years.
“It’s been a long time. It’s something we started at the very beginning because we found people were making not the best choices,” she said. “Some of these co-pays today are getting a little exorbitant, and that’s something that is driving people not to take their medication.”
Those who may need such assistance should visit The Shepherd’s Staff at 30 Carroll St., Westminster.
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“People really don’t realize how close they are to being in a position of having to walk through the front door. We have had folks who have had major medical emergencies in their lives they were not expecting and that starts them on a downward spiral. This stops a gap for them and allows them to pay some other bills,” Meadow said. “It’s small things like these that sometimes can make a huge difference.”