Illustration of a woman wearing a surgical mask with hand-drawn germs surrounding her.

UPDATED! Help needed to sew nearly 10,000 masks for local health care workers

Mar 25, 2020

UPDATE: WE ARE OUT OF MASK KITS. We were overwhelmed by the response from the community in this time of need. Thank you so very much for your willingness to help health care workers, neighbors and friends. We could only provide kits based on the approved materials we had on hand. If you didn't get a chance to participate, don't worry. We still feel the love. Let's keep the sentiment of supporting one another going. Thank you! 10,000 times thank you!

This week, employees created and bagged hundreds of the mask-making kits – enough to produce nearly 10,000 masks. The kits include surgical paper fabric, instructions and a bag for the finished product.

Those interested in helping will need a sewing machine; white thread; scissors or a rotary cutter; and a yardstick, straight edge or cutting mat. (Volunteers should NOT use their own fabric – only the material provided.)

Guidelines

  1. Mask kits will be available for pick up at the locations below. People should stay in their car; staff members will give the kits to those who stop by.
  2. Each household may take up to two kits; each kit has material for 30 to 50 masks.
  3. Continue social distancing. Please do not host mask-making parties with friends/neighbors or ask to pick up kits to take to someone else.
  4. Return completed masks to a drop-off location with a few days.

Pick up mask kits

  • Thursday, March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Locations

  • Salem — Town Park security booth (former Kmart parking lot at Mission St. SE and 25th St. SE)
  • Dallas — West Valley Hospital parking lot (525 SE Washington St., look for the tent)

 

Drop off completed masks (same locations)

Salem

  • Monday, March 30, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 1, 1 to 3 p.m.                
  • Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, April 3, 9 to 11 a.m.

Dallas

  • Thursday, April 2, 1 to 3 p.m.     
  • Friday, April 3, 9 to 11 a.m.

Salem Health truly appreciates the public’s help during this crucial time. More details about the mask-making kits, including video instructions, are available at salemhealth.org/masks.

Salem Health

503-561-5200