Monadnock Community Hospital has taken in almost 4,000 donated cloth masks in the past month. That represents an incredible effort by our community’s sewers. Many thanks to all! While MCH still needs more fabric masks, we are now expanding our efforts to coordinate fabric mask supplies for all regional healthcare providers in the hospital’s primary service area. As needs are identified, the hospital will assist those organizations by passing on some of the donated masks from the community.
Several community volunteers stepped up to lead the mask effort last month, and they have put together a successful collection process. Using the current drop-off system will be the most efficient way to collect masks and get them to where they are needed most.
MCH wants to encourage sewers to continue their work and drop off at the 5 community drop-off locations listed below. All mask styles are welcome. The N-95 mask covers and the “Deaconess-style” mask have been the most useful, but there are many other patterns circulating, and healthcare providers will gratefully accept those as well. A volunteer team is collecting the donations and bringing them to MCH. A team at MCH sorts the masks and will start to allocate to community healthcare partners based on their needs.
If you are interested in sewing masks, you can find more information on the MCH website COVID-19 face mask page.
PLEASE do not bring the masks directly to the hospital; they are trying to limit traffic as much as possible.
Organizers are using five community drop-off locations:
- Jaffrey Grade School (School Street, Jaffrey)
- First Service Title Company (Main Street, Jaffrey)
- Rindge Memorial School (School Street, Rindge)
- Peterborough Town Library, rear entrance (Concord Street, Peterborough)
- Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center (Aiken Street, Antrim)
Each building has an overhang, and there will be a container in which to leave the masks underneath the overhang. The masks will be collected daily and delivered to the hospital. When you leave masks, organizers ask that you please leave your name, address and phone number so that they can acknowledge your generous contribution.