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Safety Net finds support

The board members of Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey are extremely grateful for the donations, networking and  general support from the community during the past year.  The donations came from business organizations, non-profits, churches, and individuals; and each dollar donated made a difference!

Safety Net provides immediate temporary help with urgent, uncovered prescription expenses for residents living in zip codes 98277 and 98278. This small, nonprofit organization came into existence in June 2010, after its founder, Peggy Tyson, recognized the need for such a service on the north end of the island.  To date, Safety Net has helped 136 individuals get prescriptions filled, and recently expanded its services to include emergency dental procedures.

Payments are provided directly to service providers and not to individuals. The number of clients is expected to increase in 2012 with the projected shortfalls in public funding for medical services, and greater awareness of the assistance provided by Safety Net.

Medical Safety Net is staffed by volunteers who help raise funds, promote awareness of the organization, coordinate with providers and social service agencies, and handle the intake phone calls with prospective clients. If you need help with medical expenses for prescription drugs or emergency dental care (limited to one appointment), please call 360-929-3328 and leave a message.  One of the volunteers will return the call within 24 hours.

Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey is a tax-exempt organization so all contributions are tax deductible.  Donations can be mailed to: Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey, P. O. Box 550, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. For further information about the organization, visit their website at www.msnofnw.org.

Peggy Tyson
Laurell Brault

Editor’s note: Peggy Tyson was the recipient of the 2011 Island County Adult Health Hero Award, and the organization made the Whidbey News-Times’ list of “100 Things to be Thankful For” in 2011.


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