We have received many offers of help from our community, including the sewing of masks. We are extremely grateful for these offers. Please see donation and supply requests below. Again, we’re tremendously grateful for your offers of support.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we are monitoring our supply needs. While our locations are still currently stocked, we have been getting calls and e-mails from grateful individuals and suppliers who are willing to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for our staff.

To that end, and in hope of preventing additional illnesses, we are now accepting donations of new and unused PPE. Types of PPE that we are accepting include:

  • Masks – As the CDC has revised its acceptable mask guidelines for the prevention of infection, we are accepting both N95 respirator and ear loop surgical masks. These masks can also be sometimes used in the construction industry. We will gladly accept any new and unused masks from construction sites.
     
  • Eye Protection – Similarly, any clean eye protection is also being accepted. This includes goggles and safety glasses from other industries that may have slowed due to social distancing.
     
  • Hand Sanitizer – As you can never have enough, we are accepting personal-sized hand sanitizers. Please note that, per CDC guidelines, we can only accept sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
     
  • Hand-Sewn Masks – We will accept hand-sewn masks that follow the instructions we provided thanks to our friends at Mount Mary University. Click the button below for guidelines and pattern details.

Hand-Sewn Mask Instructions

  • Other – If you know of a manufacturer looking to support health care providers, or you’d like us to consider other donations, please e-mail donation@froedtert.com.

Additionally, in an effort to ensure that we can properly deliver necessary care, please be cognizant of any extra ventilators, perhaps from any veterinary practices, that you may encounter. We would be happy to accept those, as well.

If you have any of the above supplies and are willing to donate them to our health network, you’d be playing a major part in helping our community and health care workers stay healthy and preventing the further spread of the virus.

How to Contact Us About Donations

Please note that, at this time, this e-mail is monitored Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • E-mail donation@froedtert.com
  • Visit the donation box between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at:

    Menomonee Falls location – Drop-off or mailed donations
    Integrated Service Center
    N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
    Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

    Wauwatosa location – Drop-off donations only
    Medical Office Building – Bluemound Hospital
    601 N. 99th St.
    Wauwatosa, WI 53226

To protect our patients, staff and the donors, no donations can be accepted at any of the Froedtert & MCW hospitals or health centers.

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Mary
King
on April 6, 2020 - 10:27 am

Are you still only accepting the masks with ties according to your pattern? No elastic ones?

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 6, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Hello Mary –
Thank you for your question about using different ties on the hand-sewn masks. At this time, we can only accept masks that follow the pattern listed in our blog. We hope you understand our need to support one standard pattern.
Thanks for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Gail
Scott
on April 5, 2020 - 8:47 pm

I have another question that's not related to the PPE donations. We have about 4 boxes of insulin syringes. All the needles are still sealed in the bags. My husband and I went to using the insulin pens so that's why we have all those needles left over. Can anyone in the Froedtert hospital or clinics use these? Or could you recommend an organization that might be able to use them. Thank you for your time!

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 8, 2020 - 12:59 pm

Hi Gail -
Thank you for your generous offer of unused insulin syringes. At this time, we can only accept the items that are listed in the blog above.
Thanks,
Taylor

Steph
M
on April 5, 2020 - 6:58 pm

Is there still a need for homemade masks? If so, is it okay to add interfacing in the masks for more protection? Thank you.

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 6, 2020 - 11:42 am

Hello Steph –
Thank you for your question about adding interfacing in the hand-sewn masks. At this time, we can only accept masks that follow the pattern listed in our blog above. We hope you understand our need to support one standard pattern.
Thanks for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Laura
Ehr
on April 5, 2020 - 9:33 am

My father in law found some N95 masks in his basement. They are unused but not in packaging. Can I donate them? Thank you for your service!

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 6, 2020 - 11:27 am

Hello Laura –
Thank you for your offer of donating unused N95 masks. Yes, we are able to take new and unused N95 masks. You can drop them off at either of the addresses listed in the blog above, and our team will evaluate and distribute them to the places they are needed most.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Bette
Janz
on April 5, 2020 - 5:55 am

To those making masks be aware if you are sewing masks and want them to stay with a specific facility that will NOT happen. We made over 100 masks. They were sent for approval by the staff at the facility where we expected our donation to stay. The procurement department approved than and instead of sending them back to our chosen facility kept them!!!!!! I am beyond upset. It is shameless to take advantage of donators this way. Needless to say we will no longer be donating to Froedtert.

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 6, 2020 - 11:17 am

Hi Bette –
Thank you so much for making over 100 masks to donate to our health system. We appreciate your time and effort.
Our team is working diligently to ensure that all donated items are distributed to the area where they are most needed at that time. I’m sorry to hear that your donations weren’t sent to the location you had in mind, but please rest assured that all of our patients, staff and visitors greatly appreciate every single donated item. Your donations truly are helping our community stay healthy and preventing the spread of the virus.
Thanks again,
Taylor

Romy
Swayne
on April 5, 2020 - 1:03 am

Do the masks need a slot in them for a filter? Other hospitals request a slot and have their own filters they put into the masks once donated. Do you not require that?

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 6, 2020 - 11:11 am

Hello Romy –
Thank you for your question about adding a slot in the hand-sewn masks for a filter. At this time, we are only able to accept masks that are sewn according to the pattern in the blog, which does not include a filter slot. We hope you understand our need to support one standard pattern.
Thanks,
Taylor

Ayako
Strehlow
on April 3, 2020 - 11:16 am

Hello!
I'm making handmade masks. I was donating to Joann fabric but now they are closed. Do you accept handmade masks? Can I send it to you???

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 3, 2020 - 2:31 pm

Hi Ayako –
Thank you so much for offering to donate hand-sewn masks to us. Yes, we are happy to accept your masks, but they need to follow the pattern that is linked in our blog above.
Visit the donation box between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at either of the two addresses above.

If it's easier, you can also mail your hand-sewn masks here:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Thanks so much for your generosity!
-Taylor

Meghan
Hielsberg
on April 3, 2020 - 8:58 am

Is there a need for new, unused gloves?

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 3, 2020 - 9:15 am

Hi Megan –
Thank you for reaching out. At this time, we will accept new, unused glove donations at either of our drop-off locations.
Thanks,
Taylor

Mary Jo
Welnak
on April 2, 2020 - 6:06 pm

I am sewing masks from the Mount Mary pattern. I can drop them off at the Wauwatosa location on 99 Street. Do you know approximately where it is on the premises? I am familiar with the location. Thank you!

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 3, 2020 - 9:11 am

Hi Mary Jo –
Thank you for sewing masks for us. We really appreciate your time and effort. We have signs in front of the 99th Street building to direct you to the correct drop-off locations.
Thanks for your generosity and support!
Taylor

Jennifer
Bell
on April 2, 2020 - 5:37 pm

I have sheets that are new and are 80% cotton and 20% poly. Can I use this material for the mask?

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 3, 2020 - 9:06 am

Hi Jennifer –
Thank you for your question about using an 80% cotton and 20% poly fabric, but it is important for us to maintain one approved standard so we can be certain the masks can be used safely; therefore, we are only able to accept masks that are made in the fabric types that we specified in the pattern.
We hope you understand our need to support one standard pattern.
Thanks,
Taylor

Nicole
Hebert
on April 1, 2020 - 9:32 pm

Will you accept 3M P95 masks?

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 3, 2020 - 8:29 am

Hi Nicole –
Thank you for your offer of donating the 3M P95 masks. Yes, we will gladly accept those types of masks!
Thanks for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Marcy
Kerpe
on April 1, 2020 - 6:35 am

We are sewing masks for you and we live in Sheboygan. How can we get them to you? Is there a special address? Are they still needed?

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 1, 2020 - 9:16 am

Hello Marcy –
Thank you so much for sewing masks for us! Yes, we are still in need of masks. We have two drop-off locations listed in the blog above (Wauwatosa and Menomonee Falls).
If it’s easier, you can mail them to this address:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thanks again for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Joanne
Backhaus
on March 31, 2020 - 3:17 pm

I made about 50 masks and live in the West Bend area. Does Froedtert West Bend hospital have a drop off location? Or is it better to send them Menomonee Falls?
Also, are you in need of more masks?
May God bless you and all the heroes on the front line working so hard to save lives.

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 1, 2020 - 9:11 am

Hello Joanne –
Yes, we still are in need of hand-sewn masks and the other items in the blog. Thank you for making 50 masks!
For the safety of our patients, providers and staff, we are not able to accept donations at any hospitals or health centers. In the link above, there are two drop-off addresses in Wauwatosa and Menomonee Falls.
If it is easier, you can mail them to this address:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thanks again for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Olivia
Campbell
on March 31, 2020 - 9:54 am

I was going to start making some masks and I have a 100% cotton sheet that is a mismatch. It has been used before but I would wash it before I use it. I was just wondering if that would be ok that it has been used before

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 1, 2020 - 9:01 am

Hello Olivia –
Thanks for your question about reusing fabric. Yes, it’s fine, but laundering is appreciated beforehand.
Thanks for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Sandy
McCarthy
on March 31, 2020 - 8:31 am

I can make mask. I have 100% cotton sheets [new]. Just need verification if wanted and where to ship?

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 31, 2020 - 9:38 am

Hello Sandy –
Yes, we still are in need of hand-sewn masks and the other items in the blog. Thanks for your offer to ship hand-sewn masks. You can mail them to this address:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thanks again for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Lory
Leyman
on March 30, 2020 - 3:16 pm

Am I able to give masks that I am making to my friends who are nurses at Froedtert for their use?

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 30, 2020 - 4:01 pm

Hi Lory –
Thanks for reaching out. At this time, we ask that all donations be dropped off at the two locations listed in the blog above, in order to manage all of the donations effectively. If it is easier, you can also mail donations to the following address:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thanks for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Christine
Winney
on March 30, 2020 - 10:36 am

I'm hearing about nurses ears bleeding from the constant wearing of masks and requesting headbands with buttons so that the elastic can hook onto the headband instead of behind the ears. Is this something you would be interested in?

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 30, 2020 - 3:49 pm

Hi Christine –
Thank you for your question about adding buttons to the headbands, but it is important for us to maintain one approved standard so we can be certain the masks can be used safely. We hope you understand our need to support one standard pattern.
Thanks,
Taylor

Maxine
Mason
on March 30, 2020 - 10:19 am

I heard if you make the inside fabric a different color that would be best so they don't accidentally put the wrong side on again.

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 30, 2020 - 3:45 pm

Hi Maxine –
Thank you for your question about using a different color for the inside/outside of hand-sewn masks. If you would like to make them two different colors, that should be fine, as long as you use the correct fabric and follow the pattern as exactly as you can. Please do not modify or add to the pattern so that we can be certain the masks can be used safely.
We hope you understand our need to support one standard pattern.
Thanks,
Taylor

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 30, 2020 - 4:03 pm

Hi Frances -
Thank you for keeping us in mind and sharing this story.
Thanks,
-Taylor

Paula
Renz
on March 29, 2020 - 6:48 pm

I've made several masks according to your directions. Can I mail them?

Thanks

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 30, 2020 - 3:42 pm

Hello Paula –
Thanks for your offer to ship hand-sewn masks, and thank you for your patience as we work to streamline our donation process. You can mail them to this address:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thanks again for your patience, generosity and support!
-Taylor

Daniel
Burg
on March 29, 2020 - 4:35 pm

Hello,
I have some friends making this mask design, but there have been concerns with someone inadvertantly putting a used mask on inside out. Some are suggesting different colors to differentiate inside/outside or a tag of some kind?

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 30, 2020 - 3:40 pm

Hi Daniel –
Thank you for your question about using a different color for the inside/outside of hand-sewn masks. If you would like to make them two different colors, that should be fine, as long as you use the correct fabric and follow the pattern as exactly as you can. Please do not modify or add to the pattern so that we can be certain the masks can be used safely.
We hope you understand our need to support one standard pattern.
Thanks,
Taylor

Lory
Leyman
on March 29, 2020 - 2:47 pm

Hello!
I am wondering if I am able to mail the hand sewn masks that I am making for Froedtert. I live in Lake Villa, Illinois, and it would be easier for me to mail the masks, rather than drive to the drop off locations. Please advise and thank you.

Sincerely,
Lory Leyman

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 30, 2020 - 3:34 pm

Hello Lory –
Thanks for your offer to ship hand-sewn masks, and thank you for your patience as we work to streamline our donation process. You can mail them to this address:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thanks again for your patience, generosity and support!
-Taylor

Rita
Oehrke
on March 29, 2020 - 2:22 pm

Would like to help sew up masks for protection to those in need. What would be my closest drop off location? I live in the Palmyra area. "Sew Much More" in Waukesha was a drop off , I believe for Froedtert. I will contact them Monday to confirm.

I just am making sure there is still a need for "home-sewn masks".

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 30, 2020 - 3:30 pm

Hi Rita –
Thanks for reaching out. At this time, we have two centralized drop-off locations in order to keep the distribution of the donations streamlined. However, if mailing them is easier, you can mail them to this address:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thanks again for your patience, generosity and support!
-Taylor

Debra
Ushakow
on March 29, 2020 - 12:14 pm

Do you need anyone to pick up and deliver the masks ??I am willing to do that...Tks..

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 31, 2020 - 2:12 pm

Hi Debra -
Thanks for thoughtful offer of picking up and delivering masks. At this time, our internal team is handling the distribution of the donated items, and we are only in need of the items listed in the blog above, but thank you for your generosity!
-Taylor

Lenore
Dunn
on March 29, 2020 - 1:57 am

Can I mail of send FedEX my handmade masks to the Wauwatosa address?
Are these cleaned and used again? Or just one time use?
Thank you for all you do. I will keep everyone in my prayers. Be safe and God bless.

Froedtert
& MCW
on March 31, 2020 - 9:52 am

Hello Lenore –
Since these masks are made of fabric, the expectation is that hand-sewn masks will be cleaned and reused. Thanks for your offer to ship hand-sewn masks. You can mail them to this address:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Thanks again for your generosity and support!
-Taylor