What is the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Drive?
With the current COVID-19 pandemic there is a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment, otherwise known as PPE. In order to keep our community healthy and safe, Mayor Darrin Canniff is hosting a drive to gather PPE for our local health care organizations. Both large and small donations are appreciated. Products must be new. They cannot be expired or open packages.
surgical face masks
Anyone interested in donating homemade masks can watch this video tutorial. There is also a
video tutorial using fabric ties instead of elastic.
Who is the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for?
The PPE collected in the drive will be distributed to health care staff. The equipment will be inventoried and used in hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, home care, hospices and other organizations to assist with urgent needs.
Where can I drop off my donation?
The drop-off station will be open at
Thames Campus Arena and staffed from 10am-2:30pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning Wednesday, April 15. A staff member MUST receive the donation. Any donations left outside at the building will be discarded due to unknown contamination.
The donation procedure uses social distancing. Donors are asked to bring their material inside the front of the arena, place it on a table and leave. Staff will then take the donation, sort and store it for three days before passing it on to be distributed in the health care system through usual protocols.
Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe in our community.