We need your help!
The Emergency Operations Center is collecting new, unused PPE. See below for a list of what is needed!
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency, personal protective equipment (PPE) is in critical supply. Learn how you can help!
Important: To ensure the health and safety of those receiving masks, only healthy individuals with no one in their household experiencing symptoms should consider donating masks, materials, or other equipment.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We are collecting critically needed items to help protect healthcare workers, first responders, and other emergeny personnel.
We will begin collecting items on Monday, March 30th. If you are able to provide any of the items below in new, unused condition, please call us at 410.479.5884 Monday - Friday 9:30 - 3:30. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simple face masks
Boxes of latex-free gloves
We are collecting homemade face masks to preserve our medical-grade PPE for healthcare providers and first responders, making their stock last longer. To be clear, homemade masks are not for use by healthcare providers. However, they can be used by other persons to help reduce the community spread of the virus. Below are two ways you can help!
Get to Sewing!
You – and your sewing skills – can help make a big difference if you can make face masks that can be worn, washed, and reused! Please do not make or donate masks if someone in your home has been sick. All homemade masks will be laundered before being distributed.
Use tightly-woven, breathable cotton fabric (preferred) or another tightly-woven, breathable fabric blend, in any color or pattern for the face mask(s) you make. You also will need elastic banding that’s used for sewing.
Cotton fabric should be layered so there are two layers of protection. Wash material in hot water and dry on high heat to preshrink fabric before making the masks. If elastic is not available, masks can be made with ties.
Here are some resources we have found on patters and instructions:
If you can’t sew, or don’t have a sewing machine, you can still help us by donating any of the following materials that can be used to make face masks. We will get them to people who can sew to make more face masks. Please do not donate materials if anyone in your home has been sick.
Fabric bolts – Tightly-woven, breathable cotton fabric (preferred), or fabric blend, also tightly-woven and breathable, in any color or pattern
Cut pieces of fabric – Tightly-woven, breathable cotton fabric (preferred), or fabric blend, also tightly-woven and breathable, cut to 6-inches by 10-inches.
Elastic used for sewing.
Thank you to each group, individual, and local business who has personally stepped up for the people of Caroline County. These are tough times, but one thing holds true now more than ever; we are all in this together. #CAROLINEPROUD
Barbara & Larry Porter
Foster's Mini Mart
Caroline County Public Library
The Salvation Army Cambridge, MD
Ridgely Pharmacy & Gifts
Choptank Community Health System
Shore Thing Drywall
A & H UNIFORMS
Maven & Smith
The Hound Haberdashery
Faye Harris and Renee Carnochan
Laci Patterson & Family