BOSTON — Exhibitors at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo donated more than four tons (8,400 lbs.) of consumer goods to be dispersed to various charitable organizations throughout the Greater Boston community, NACDS has announced.
NACDS worked with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s Conventions C.A.R.E. program, which is distributing the products to local nonprofit organizations to be dispersed to those in need. Conventions C.A.R.E. was established by the MCCA in 2010 to benefit local non-profits, convention and trade show exhibitors and convention centers. Local nonprofits benefit from useful donations, while exhibitors are saved the time and expense of shipping goods after a show ends. The MCCA and its partners in turn help divert these items from local landfills, which supports the Authority’s commitment to sustainable practices.
Exhibitors operating at the annual NACDS Total Store Expo, held last week at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, donated products following the convention. The donations included such health and hygiene products 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 Steve 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.”
“As an operator of two large convention facilities, we have a responsibility to do what we can to reduce wastefulness, implement green practices and be supportive of Boston’s communities,” said James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which owns and operates the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. “The donations resulting from the Total Store Expo are 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.”
Some of the nonprofit social service agencies that are benefitting from the contribution from NACDS 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.
“These items will help us bridge the gap in our budget. These donations are necessary for our clients and we don’t have the funding to purchase them,” said Linda Doran of the South Boston Community Health Center.