Published on April 17, 2020

Essentia Health-Virginia accepting community donations

Todd Hall, Site Supply Chain Supervisor at Essentia Health-Virginia, with donated face masks

As COVID-19 impacts nearly all aspects of daily life, we at Essentia Health-Virginia have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. Our staff members, especially those confronting this pandemic on the front line, are grateful for the donations of personal protective equipment, which is so crucial when dealing with this virus.

Our drop-off site at the hospital (901 9th St. N) makes it easy to donate medical supplies.

“We’ve received several emails and calls about how our community can support us right now, so that’s why we have set up a location for donations,” said Jenna Ballinger, Community Health Specialist for Essentia Health. “We really appreciate the community coming together to support us.”

Specifically, we need unopened N95 masks, gowns, eye protection, gloves and face shields. We also are asking for homemade face masks. Step-by-step instructions for a preferred design of those cloth masks can be found here.

As we ask our staff, patients and visitors to wear masks while on-site, the demand for them has intensified. This virus is spread via droplet transmission, so it’s critically important to cover as many mouths and noses as possible.

Donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To donate, go to the loading dock behind the hospital, on the west end. Drive up to the dock and call the number on the sign. Someone will come out to take your donation. Find out more information on our Ways to Get Involved page.

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