You can drop off the masks at the Blount Memorial Foundation, 811 Jones Avenue, Maryville. This is the street just past Dunkin Donuts going towards the hospital on S. Washington Street. Maybe stop by and take a dozen donuts or coffee to the Foundation office!
The office is open from 8am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday. Call them at 865-977-5727 when you get there and they will pick them up from your car. Lehla McMahan is the Donor Relations & Grant Coordinator. They are thankful for all masks that are donated.
Just another way UMW can work with our communities in this time of need.
You can also check with your local hospitals, urgent care centers, physicians' offices, and any other place where workers may need Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that these masks can be made in times of crisis as a last resort and should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face or over a certified mask that is being reused due to the current shortage.
A study of homemade face masks found that cotton T-shirts and cotton pillowcases are the best materials for making face masks, based on their ability to capture particles yet remain breathable, and that they perform comparably to surgical-grade masks.
How To Make a Face Mask
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