BOISE, Idaho — As hospitals and medical centers across the country face a critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), local groups are doing their part to supplement any need health care providers may have.
This Saturday, Hands of Hope Northwest, Inc. will host a PPE drive at Albertsons Stadium. People will not be allowed to gather on-site, and volunteers receiving donations will wear masks and gloves. All you have to do is drive-through to donate supplies.
Donations being accepted include:
- Sterile and non-sterile gloves
- Unopened hand sanitizer
- Unopened commercial bleach bottles, sprays, or wipes
- Unopened Isopropyl alcohol
- Eye protection and goggles
- Clear face shields
- Masks – tie, ear loop (no cloth masks)
- Respirator masks – N95, N99, P100 of all sizes. Extra filters also needed.
- PAPR respirators – 3M or MaxAir and unused. Hoods, filters, batteries, chargers, tubes to go with these units are also needed.
- Disposable gowns (unused)
- Shoe covers
- Biohazard bags (unused)
Donations can come from from private citizens, tattoo shops, nail salons, hair salons, elective surgery clinics, spray tanning clinics, construction/trades groups, veterinary clinics, dental clinics, pool cleaners, landscape companies, exterminators, home health care/hospice care, dialysis patients, and even college/high/middle school laboratories.
The drive-through donation event runs from 12 - 4 p.m. at the east lot of Albertsons Stadium. Tax donation receipts will be provided to any individual or business owner who is able to bring an itemized list of donated items.