Brooklyn pharmacist gives out meds — and toilet paper — for free amid coronavirus pandemic

Omar Abouelnas, 26, lives in Sheepshead Bay and owns True Care Pharmacy in Boerum Hill — where they are giving out free medication and supplies to those in need.

Seeing people terrified is upsetting, and I thought, “what can we do to help the community?” So we are giving away generic medicine to people who can’t afford it.

We’ve mostly used word of mouth and Facebook to let our customers know that, if they know someone who’s struggling, let us know and we’ll help as much as we can. And we serve a lot of people like musicians and bartenders who have lost work because of the shelter-in-place order.

I haven’t kept track of how many people we’ve helped out, but we’ve given out mostly blood pressure pills, diabetes pills, antibiotics and generics for chronic illnesses.

It’s not just free medication, either. We’re offering free paper towels to people who can’t afford it. If you have an empty one-ounce hand sanitizer, we’ll fill it for free. We’ll give you toilet paper for free, too.

— As told to Suzy Weiss

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