The global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created a severe shortage of PPE across the world. While regular distribution channels ramp up, you can help by making a financial donation to support our COVID-19 response, including obtaining and producing protective gear for our caregivers.
Thanks to an overwhelming response from our community, many individuals have volunteered to sew surgical masks for us. However, we’re pleased to report that local manufacturing companies have stepped up to rapidly produce masks and face shields for us on a large scale.
As a result we do not need volunteers to sew masks for our caregivers, and we will not mail or distribute sewing kits next week. We are truly grateful for your willingness to help and below you will find resources for how to sew masks for your family, friends and community.
We’re also pleased to announce that the American Hospital Association has joined the cause and will facilitate support from manufacturers and the business community to help build up our supply of personal protective equipment. The AHA will connect manufacturers with hospitals, clinics and health systems in need of personal protective equipment.
Thank you for your support Resources for manufacturers
With medical design and quality health assurance, our valued partners, Kaas Tailored and Nordstrom are manufacturing personal protective equipment for Providence.
If you are a manufacturer in one of the states Providence serves — Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas or Washington — and are interested in getting involved, contact Kaas via email.
If you are a manufacturer in other parts of the country and are interested in producing PPE for your local health system, please contact the American Hospital Association.
Resources for hospitals, clinics and health systems
We have received many requests from our health-care colleagues across the country about the steps we have taken to make our own face shields and surgical masks. Here are links to resources we have used.
Resources for community members who sew
For those interested in making masks for themselves, friends and family or their own community network, here are some resources we have created that you may find useful.
How to maintain a safe environment while making masks Source: https://www.providence.org/lp/100m-masks