Published on March 25, 2020

Essentia Health opens drop-off site for community donations

Essentia Health is accepting community donations at its Miller Hill Mall health plaza (1600 Miller Trunk Hwy).
While the most pressing need are medical-grade N95 masks, other useful items include:

  • Unopened medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) — masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves
  • Face shields
  • Handmade masks

The Essentia Health-Miller Hill Health Plaza drop-off site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donors are asked to remain in their vehicles and wait for site staff to collect the donations. Our staff will organize donations and make sure items are distributed to the appropriate people.

For more information, email or call (218) 786-4016.

For information about financial donations to support our patients and front-line workers, go to

“We appreciate our friends and neighbors graciously offering donations and support to help our staff and patients,” said Tonya Loken, community relations program manager at Essentia. “We are humbled by your generosity and caring.”

Donations of PPE will help us meet ongoing health care needs, as well as conserve existing PPE for providers.

To improve the effectiveness of handmade masks and face shields, we’d like to pass along the following instructions:

Masks: how to create a face mask
Face shields:

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