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How to donate to hospitals, others

Emily Lytle * Delaware
elytle@doverpost.com
Dover Post

This story has been updated to include more ways to donate.

Have extra hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes? Maybe your company has protective face shields or surgical gowns? Hospitals across the state are teaming up with state and local legislators to collect donated protective equipment. [Story continues after list]

Sen. Trey Paradee (D-17) is leading a collection at Dover Downs Tuesday, March 31 through Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and all supplies will go to Bayhealth.

“What we’re really trying to do is get ahead of the wave, and hope it doesn’t crash here,” Paradee said. “We’re all seeing on television these shortages that are happening in hospitals across the country, and we just want to get ahead of it.”

He encouraged everyone to clean out their garages, closets or storage areas, and give anything they can spare. Some materials are coming from surprising places like school districts, painting companies or people who specialize in asbestos removal.

Supplies needed:

  • Masks (N95, surgical, and procedure)
  • Disinfecting wipes, such as Clorox or Sani-cloth wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face shields
  • Safety goggles and eye shields
  • Isolation or surgical gowns
  • PAPR machines and disposables

Since hospitals employ so many Delawareans, Paradee said it’s especially important to help out. “All of us have a friend or family member that’s truly on the front lines,” he said. “We want to make sure that everyone is protected.”

To keep volunteers and donors safe, donors are asked to pack items in the truck of their car or bed of their truck and pull into the donation line. Donors should leave their windows up and stay inside their cars. Volunteers will unload the items.

More ways to donate

Saint Francis Healthcare is accepting donations at its loading dock on Dupont Street, behind the hospital in Wilmington. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The hospital cannot accept homemade personal protective equipment at this time, but it is seeking donations of many new, unopened items, said Ann D’Antonio, vice president of marketing and communications at Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic.

Needed items: N95 masks, regular masks, face shields, gowns, protective caps, Lysol and Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer and transparency sheets.

Bayhealth

To give money, visit https://www.bayhealthfoundation.org/ways-to-give/donate.

For more about donating to Bayhealth, visit https://www.bayhealth.org/covid-19-donations

DONATION SITES

Dover for Bayhealth

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 – Saturday, April 4
  • Dover International Speedway

Elkton for ChristianaCare – Union Hospital

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 – Saturday, April 4
  • Dollar General store at Shoppes of Elkton

Georgetown

  • 12 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2 – Saturday, April 4
  • Delaware Technical and Community College. Parking lot by the baseball field.

Lewes for Beebe Hospital

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 – Saturday, April 4
  • 5 Points Center next to Weis Market

Newport for ChristianaCare

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 – Saturday, April 4
  • 110 W. Market St., Newport

Smyrna for ChristianaCare and Bayhealth

  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 5
  • Xbos Family Fun Center, 456 W Glenwood Ave.

Wilmington for AI Dupont Hospital

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 – Saturday, April 4
  • Brandywine Towne Center – Between Raymour and Flanagan and Bassett, 5329 Concord Pike, Wilmington

Wilmington for Saint Francis Healthcare

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Loading dock on Dupont Street, behind the hospital

Wilmington for Saint Francis Healthcare - Second location

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  • Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Frawley Stadium (Home of the Blue Rocks)

Sites drawn from https://donatede.org/collection-locations