COVID Mask Donation
Thank you to everyone who has inquired about donating face masks to our facility. We are overwhelmed by the numerous offers and generous support of our community.
The Cook Hospital is in urgent need of industrial-grade face masks (N95s and all other kinds) and full-face shields. Fabric, handsewn masks are also requested and will be stored for future use.
If you are a crafter or sewer, please note the specifications below:
- Two kinds of handsewn masks are requested: larger ones for covering N95 masks and pleated ones to be distributed to patients upon entering our facility.
- Ideal fabric is polyester or a polyester/cotton blend. 100% low-lint cotton can be used. No fuzzy fabric.
- Including filter paper in your creation would be beneficial.
- All fabric must be pre-washed and dried.
- Elastic ear loops are preferred, but tie masks will also be accepted.
- Face masks can be delivered to the front entrance of the Cook Hospital, 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
- All donations must include: name, address, phone number and quantity.
We are so very grateful for all in our community and surrounding areas that have thought of us and are so willing to help us during this time. Thank you for your ongoing support during this difficult time, the world is a better place because of people like you!
Face Mask Instructions
- 100% polyester, a polyester/cotton blend or a very low-lint cotton fabric.
- Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also use 1/8” flat elastic).
- Pre-wash fabric.
- Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat).
- Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.
- Put right sides of fabric together.
- Cut fabric 9 inches x 6 inches.
- Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop.
- Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
- Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back
- Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put elastic with the edge out.
- Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
- Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
- Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
- Sew around the edge of the mask twice.