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 PPE donations, please e-mail donation@froedtert.com. Food and other in-kind donation (gifts, thank you signs, etc.) inquiries can be sent to FoodandMealDonations@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 – Accepting donations here until June 12 (drop-off only)
    Medical Office Building
    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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Joanne
Backhaus
on August 11, 2020 - 7:39 pm

Wondering about the quality of the cotton fabric. Been looking at my cotton quilting fabrics which are not cheap and if I use two layers, I technically cannot see through it if I am looking into a room. If I look directly at a light bulb, I can see some of the light. Is this still acceptable or not?

Froedtert
& MCW
on August 12, 2020 - 8:34 am

Hi Joanne -
Thanks for reaching out. It sounds like your cotton quilting fabrics will work. According to the pattern we have in the blog above, here's how you can test if your fabric will work: A simple way to check is to fold it into two layers. You shouldn’t be able to see through the fabric, but you should still be able to breathe if you hold it over your mouth.
Thanks,
Taylor

Mark
Conway
on July 13, 2020 - 8:03 pm

Do you have a video I can follow? I’m having a hard time with the written instructions. Thanks

Froedtert
& MCW
on July 29, 2020 - 7:49 am

Hi Mark –
Thank you for reaching out with your question about the video instructions for the homemade masks. We do not have an official video tutorial on mask-making.
Thank you for your generosity, patience and support.
-Taylor

Marsha
Siatczynski
on June 30, 2020 - 7:45 am

Are you still accepting mask donations at the Menomonee Falls location? How long do you expect to accept donations? I have lots of fabric left and would like to continue making masks if there is a need.

Froedtert
& MCW
on July 6, 2020 - 10:28 am

Hello Marsha –
Thank you for your patience as I worked to find an answer to your question. We are still accepting donations to our Menomonee Falls location, and we do not have a set end date for when we will stop accepting donations at this time.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Susan
Lamka
on May 5, 2020 - 1:43 pm

Can I use 100% cotton quilting fabric to make the masks?

Thank you

Froedtert
& MCW
on May 7, 2020 - 9:17 am

Hello Susan –
Thank you for your question about fabric types. In the instruction, it does list several acceptable fabric types, including 100% cotton. If you’re unsure if your specific piece of fabric will work, here is a tip from the hand-sewn mask pattern to help you decide:

Wondering if your fabric will work? A simple way to check is to fold it into two layers. You shouldn’t be able to see through the fabric, but you should still be able to breathe if you hold it over your mouth.

Thank you for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Ngozi
Agu
on May 5, 2020 - 12:21 pm

I am a registered nurse working in Home Healthcare.

Froedtert
& MCW
on May 7, 2020 - 9:04 am

Thank you for all you do to help our community, Ngozi!

Mary
SCHAEFER
on May 4, 2020 - 7:21 pm

I have some hand sewn masks for donation. I see the drop off location, but am wondering if they must be labeled in a certain way or just dropped off. They are made in accordance with your on-line directions.

Froedtert
& MCW
on May 5, 2020 - 9:23 am

Hi Mary –
Thanks for your question about dropping off donations. You can simply drop them off however is easiest for you (bag, box, etc.). No extra labels are required. Our team will go through each donated item to distribute it to the appropriate team.
Thanks so much for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

Janice
Landisch
on April 29, 2020 - 10:48 am

I made 19 masks according to the directions given by Aurora; however they no longer need them. The pattern is similar to Froedtert's with the ties being attached vertically instead of horizontally. Would you accept these masks? If not I will look around for alternative donation sites. Thank you.
Janice Landisch

Froedtert
& MCW
on May 1, 2020 - 1:58 pm

Hi Janice –
Thank you for your question about donating masks. While we are still accepting hand-sewn masks at this time, we can only accept ones 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!
Thanks,
Taylor

Barbara
Opferman
on April 22, 2020 - 1:14 pm

Hello, I am attempting to make masks for you. I looked at the directions and am wondering if the side binding needs to be attached. I sewed the sides together with right sides together like a sleeve and then turned it right side out. By doing this, it is so much easier to sew. The side binding makes it very difficult to get a needle through on my machine. There are still ties on the top and bottom.
Thanks

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 23, 2020 - 10:13 am

Hi Barbara –
Thank you so much for your question about the mask pattern. 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

JOHN
LIU
on April 18, 2020 - 3:43 pm

To whom it may concern,

My name is John. I am a local masks importer in Rochester, MN. Do you need to purchase 3-ply disposable medical masks FDA approved?

Kind regards,

John Liu
American Mayo Chinese Consultant LLC.
Email: amcc.usa666@gmail.com

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 20, 2020 - 10:48 am

Hi John-
Thank you for reaching out. I have shared your message and contact information with the appropriate team.
Thanks,
Taylor

Karen
Hosterman Ward
on April 18, 2020 - 1:22 pm

Reading the other questions, I assume you do not my masks either since they have a filter pocket like Childrens pattern but with straps.

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 20, 2020 - 11:01 am

Hi Karen –
Thank you for reaching out. We are still accepting hand-sewn masks at this time, but we can only accept ones that follow the pattern listed in our blog. We hope you understand our need to support one standard pattern.
Thanks,
Taylor

Iyad
Awadallah
on April 16, 2020 - 11:36 pm

Mail your masks here:
Integrated Service Center
ATTN: PPE Donations
N86 W12999 Nightingale Way
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 20, 2020 - 10:54 am

Hi Iyad -
That is correct!
Thanks,
Taylor

Lauren
Sherman
on April 14, 2020 - 7:32 am

Hello,
My dad and I have been making the fabric masks following the pattern listed on the Froedert website. I'm inquiring to see if you are still in need of masks. We have 20 ready to send your way if you still need them. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Lauren Sherman

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 14, 2020 - 12:53 pm

Hi Lauren –
Thank you for reaching out. We are still gratefully accepting hand-sewn masks. You can drop them off at the locations listed in the blog above, or you can mail them to the Menomonee Falls address (please include ATTN: PPE Donations in the address).
Thank you for your generosity and support!
-Taylor

David
Brenner
on April 13, 2020 - 11:59 am

My wife has been donating handmade masks to you, largely following your plan, since you made your request. Our only changes have been to add a flannel filter in between the two fabric layer layers and a bendable wire across the top to shape around the bridge of the nose.
Do you still want her masks or are your supplies adequate?
We are getting requests from other individuals but have been largely sending all our product to you for your workers which we are happy to continue doing.

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 13, 2020 - 3:20 pm

Hello David –
Thank you for your question about donating masks. While we are still accepting hand-sewn masks at this time, we can only accept ones 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

L
S
on April 11, 2020 - 1:35 pm

Are you still in need of home made masks? The last posts are from 5 days ago, just want to make sure they are still being accepted. Thanks!

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 13, 2020 - 3:25 pm

Hello L S -
Thank you for your question. Yes, we are still accepting hand-sewn masks that follow our guidelines listed in our blog.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
- Taylor

Margaret
Wenzel
on April 10, 2020 - 10:20 am

Can we bring masks any time today??

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 13, 2020 - 3:30 pm

Hello Margaret -
Thank you for your question. Hand-sewn masks can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at either our Menomonee Falls drop-off location or our Wauwatosa drop-off locations. The addresses for those locations are listed in our blog above.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
- Taylor

Cha
Lor
on April 9, 2020 - 10:54 am

Hello,
We have 3,000 3ply surgical masks we'd like to donate to Froedtert. Can someone pick them up tomorrow, Friday 4/10 between 2-4pm?

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 13, 2020 - 5:06 pm

Hi Cha Lor -
Thank you for reaching out about your donation. I have shared your comment with the appropriate team, and someone will reach out to you with more information.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
- Taylor

Son
Luu
on April 8, 2020 - 10:50 pm

Hello, My Name Son Luu I have 3000 (3Box) Gloves and 40 (4Box) Face mask N95 (8511). What's time it's open for come in Drop off donations ? Gloves & Face Mask all it's Brand New.

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 13, 2020 - 3:35 pm

Hello Son Luu -
Thank you for your question. Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at either our Menomonee Falls drop-off location or our Wauwatosa drop-off locations.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
- Taylor

Clark
Varin
on April 8, 2020 - 2:50 pm

Unfortunately, we can't make a donation because we're a supplier, but we have KN95 respirators, surgical masks, sanitizer, and nitrile gloves in stock. We're a MN based distributor with FDA certs on all our products (except the KN95s, which are NIOSH and CE Certified). Let me know if this helps!

Froedtert
& MCW
on April 13, 2020 - 3:52 pm

Hello Clark -
Thank you for reaching out about your available supplies. I have forwarded your message to the appropriate team, and someone will reach out to you if we can use the supplies you mentioned.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
- Taylor

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