MCH seeks mask donations as need increases

  • The staff at Monadnock Internal Medicine: Emily Cooper, APRN; Annette Brooks, APRN, Natalia Richard, Office Assistant; Crystal Krueger, MA; Jill Wilkens, Practice Manager Courtesy photo—

Published: 3/26/2020 5:04:17 PM

To address the nationwide shortages of healthcare supplies, Monadnock Community Hospital continues to accept donations of unused masks, face shields, goggles, isolation gowns, gloves and hand sanitizer.

“We are very grateful for the generous donations we are receiving from individuals and businesses in our community, it is a tremendous help to our staff. No donation is too small,” MCH president and CEO Cyndee McGuire said. 

The hospital is asking for only new items still in the package. Donations can be dropped off at Monadnock Community Hospital, Loading Dock #2, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., 452 Old Street Rd, Peterborough. For questions or if you would like to make donation arrangements for drop off at an alternative location or time, please contact Laura Gingras, VP Community Relations and Philanthropy, at 924-4666 or Laura.Gingras@mchmail.org.

According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. MCH has seen an outpouring of support to make fabric masks to be used to cover clinical masks so that the clinical mask can be reused. The fabric masks will be washed and used again as well.

If you are interested in sewing masks, the pattern and instructions can be found on the MCH website, COVID-19 page, and also on this Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/212670823140282. Look for a helpful step-by-step guide in an upcoming edition of the Ledger-Transcript as well.  If you have questions, please email or call Sadie Halliday at 660-2321 or Sadie.Halliday@beangroup.com, or Cathy Maki at Cathy.Maki@mchmail.org.

Please do not bring the masks directly to the hospital as they are trying to limit traffic as much as possible. There are five community drop-off locations:

Jaffrey Grade School (School Street, Jaffrey)

First Service Title Company (Main Street, Jaffrey)

Rindge Memorial School (School Street, Rindge)

Peterborough Town Library (Concord Street in Peterborough)

Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center (Aiken Street, Antrim)

Each building has an overhang and there will be a container in which to leave the masks. The masks will be collected daily and delivered to the hospital. When you leave masks, the hospital asks you leave your name, address and phone number so that they may acknowledge your generous contribution.


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