When you have a sick kiddo at home or you happen to be sick yourself, just making a quick run to get the supplies needed from tissues to medication can be impossible. Now Walgreens new drone delivery service can come to the rescue.

Between sick days and crazy schedules there are some days when moms just wish the items you need could magically appear at your doorstep. Starting next month, Walgreens will be making those wishes come true for customers in Virginia where the company will be testing a new drone delivery service.

photo: Walgreens

Walgreens is rolling out a pilot program in Christiansburg, Virginia which will be the first on-demand drone delivery service in the country. The program is a partnership with dronemaking company Wing, which will also be partnering with other local businesses for delivery during the pilot phase.

“This trial is intended to demonstrate the benefits of drone delivery by improving access to health care products, creating new avenues of growth for local businesses and exploring ways to enhance last-mile delivery service,’’ Wing CEO James Burgess said.

Customers will be able to order items like aspirin, tissues, first aid supplies, allergy medication and more. A drone can be dispatched within minutes of an order being placed and travel up to six miles each way. If the program is successful, perhaps it will expand to more U.S. cities soon.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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