Penn Foundation Accepting Face Masks and Other Supply Donations to Help with Possible Shortage
Penn Foundation is accepting donations of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the organization has an adequate amount in case of a potential shortage. The types of PPE that Penn Foundation is specifically interested in are: N95 masks, face shields, vinyl gloves, hand sanitizer, and Clorox wipes. Additionally, Penn Foundation is also asking the community to donate homemade face masks.
A simple but effective mask can be made using things most individuals have at home. The factors that make a mask effective are not just what it can block but also how breathable it is and comfortable to wear. Good fabrics to use include cotton, denim, duck cloth, canvas, twill, silk or other tight woven fabric. Vacuum cleaner bags, dish towels, and antimicrobial pillowcases are also good materials to use. The general list of mask making materials includes two layers of cloth, elastic or fabric for loops, and thread. Some include an additional pocket for a filter material or a metal nosepiece to help the mask fit more snugly.
There are many mask tutorials online. Here are some that are recommended by Sew Face Masks Philadelphia:
Drop Off Location
Penn Foundation’s Recovery Center
807 Lawn Avenue
Sellersville, PA 18960
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm