Local organization is using your spare change to help people pay for medical necessities

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Your loose change can help thousands of people in need.

Starting Monday, a local charity is collecting donations for those in need of medical help but can’t afford it.

The Medicine Cabinet works with social service agencies to get money to those who can't afford the medical supplies.

They've raised close to $6-million over the last decade and helped tens of thousands of people with such things as diabetes kits, walkers, eyeglasses and dental work.

"Dental is huge," said Becky Schaid, the executive director of Medicine Cabinet. "Dental emergencies. We have people calling the office all the time that are in pain, have no dental insurance, need help with getting that taken care of. Prescriptions, they may need a $500 prescription."

The program helps both the uninsured and underinsured.

You can contribute to the organization by taking your spare change to the Casey’s in Kansas City North, Kearney, Excelsior Springs, Platte City, Oak Grove, Grain Valley or Blue Springs.

"We are a short term emergency program," Schaid said. "We are not a long-term program."

KCMO School District also holding change drive this week.

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