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How to Help

 

Donating Homemade Cloth Face Masks

Adult Face Mask Sewing Instruction Flyer

As potential shortages of masks and other personal protective equipment are being reported in the news, our hospitals have received several messages from members of the community wondering if we will accept homemade, sewn cloth masks. 

There are several ways the community can help with the efforts against COVID-19.  Those include staying home, practicing good hand hygiene, giving blood if possible, making a donation, or consider making masks for non-clinicians.

St. Joseph's Hospital Breese will accept cloth face masks to help with the national shortage during the COVID-19 outbreak.  To be clear, currently St. Joseph's has sufficient supply of surgical masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for clinicians and continues to follow CDC guidance for the safety of patients and staff. 

If you or someone you know is able, please consider sewing face masks for St. Joseph's Hospital. These masks will be used in accordance with CDC guidelines. Homemade, sewn face masks are being accepted for use by patients as they enter the facility (non-COVID-19 diagnosed), for visitors and for non-clinical colleagues to use to cover their PPE masks to keep them from being soiled to last longer.

For those who wish to make masks, the following criteria must be followed:

Volunteers should follow the state’s Stay Home Order and should not leave their homes to purchase supplies but please consider donating if you already have supplies at home.

Starting on Wednesday, March 25, St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese will accept these donations at the hospital’s Shipping/Receiving Dock located on the east side of the hospital Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please do not bring masks into the main/public entrances of the hospital.


We truly appreciate all of the community support during this time. 

Donating other PPE items

If you are interested in making a donation of other PPE items, such as N95 masks, goggles, face shields, and gowns, please contact Lisa Smith at 618-651-2590 to schedule an appointment for delivery.
 

Making a monetary donation