Help Provide PPE
Healthcare workers are always in need of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N95 respirators, surgical masks, protective goggles, gloves, and face shields, among other things. There are a few different ways you can help.
- Donate to the cause. Several national organizations accept monetary donations that help get frontline healthcare professionals necessary equipment, including Get Us PPE, Project N95, Project HOPE, and Direct Relief. No amount is too small!
- Gather supplies you already own. Get Us PPE lets you donate PPE that you may have or donate materials for making PPE. For those with a large amount to donate, Get Us PPE can help you arrange shipping and delivery. If you have a smaller amount of PPE and can handle shipping yourself, Find the Masks allows you to find a medical facility in need in your area. You can also donate PPE-making materials that you may have, such as fabric, thread, elastic, velcro, rivets, buttons, sewing machine needles, sewing machines, sergers, heat sealers, and rivet tools, among other specialty materials.
- Make PPE yourself. For those who are crafty, you can help get frontline healthcare workers the protective equipment they need by making it yourself. You can find a local response group in your area through Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS), and if there aren't any active organizations in your area, check out the OSMS Local Response Guide to see how you can still get involved. OSMS also provides comprehensive guides for making medical supplies and PPE, as does Get Us PPE.