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Sewing Masks for Donations

One way to supplement our ever-changing inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to join the national movement of volunteers who have started to sew masks. This generous outpouring is in reponse to the Center for Disease Control's guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.

Below is our general guidance for those who wish to participate and help by sewing masks for donation.

Thank you for donating your time and talent to help Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. We appreciate your generosity.

Important infection prevention

Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  2. Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?

If you are able to answer "NO" to both questions, then proceed with making masks.

If you answer "YES" to either or both questions, please do not make masks. If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVID-19 please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment.

Instructions for making masks

Materials

  • 100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics
  • 100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
  • 1/8", 1/4", or 3/8” flat elastic, or 1/4” inch bias-tape

For specific dimensions refer to the written instructions (PDF).

If you cannot find elastics, follow these instructions to make fabric ties

If flat elastic is not available, fabric ties can be sewn on the mask, one tie on each of the four mask corners. Ties should be approximately 1/4” width, sewn so there are no frayed edges, and approximately 15” for each corner.

Dropping off masks

Fabric masks should be dropped off in re-sealable plastic bags.
Donations will be accepted:

  • Monday through Friday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Physical locations to drop off your fabric mask donations

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Service Center
Green Warehouse
50 LaBombard Road North
Lebanon, NH

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord
253 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester
100 Hitchcock Way
Manchester, NH

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua
2300 Southwood Drive
Nashua, NH

Cheshire Medical Center
West Entrance
580 Court St.
Keene, NH
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 to 10:00 am and 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Please attach name and address of donor.

Mailing your mask donations

Please mail your masks via USPS, UPS, and FedEx to:

DHMC Donations
50 LaBombard Road North
Lebanon, NH 03766

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