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How to Help Hospitals Fight COVID-19

Washington and Idaho Hospitals Need Mask Donations and More for COVID-19

Healthcare systems across the Northwest are still facing a shortage of crucial supplies such as masks and PPE (personal protective equipment) as they treat novel coronavirus patients. They’ve asked residents to help in many different ways, from donating equipment and supplies, sewing masks, donating food and toys or offering financial support.

Other ways to help include donations to blood banks such as the Red Cross and Bloodworks Northwest, giving to local food shelves, and even offering words of encouragement for doctors and nurses.

Some healthcare systems have information about ways to help on their websites, so we’ve linked to them below. Others have provided AAA Washington with wish lists and ways to donate.

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 is the best way to help keep your family, neighbors and healthcare professionals safe. Practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others, stay home if you have symptoms and as recommended by public health authorities, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces, avoid touching your face, and always take recommended safety precautions.

CHI Franciscan

Donate cash, equipment and supplies, including new masks and home-sewn masks

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

Donate Level 1 medical masks, N95 masks, gloves and gowns (but no cloth masks) to HR Suite 102 at the Medical Office Building at 2860 Channing Way in Idaho Falls from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Instead of food donations to the hospital, please donate to Community Food Basket or Salvation Army’s food pantry.


Donate PPE such as masks, gloves, face shields, anti-fog goggles and sanitizing wipes.

MultiCare Health System

Donate masks and PPE (but no more homemade masks), food donations and financial contributions.

Overlake Medical Centers & Clinics

Donate equipment and supplies (including homemade masks) and share your gratitude at a Facebook Group for thanking medical providers

Providence St. Joseph Health

Donate funds for supplies, research and care or say thanks to caregivers. Donations are also accepted for specific communities in Washington state, Oregon and Montana.

Saint Alphonsus

Donate cash, food, self-care items, PPE and masks, including home-sewn masks.

St. Luke’s

Donate equipment, supplies and food, offer financial support or volunteer your time and talent.

Seattle Children’s

Donate masks (including home-sewn cloth masks) and toys, connect the hospital with suppliers or manufacturers, donate gift cards for patient families, or arrange for food donations from restaurants and commercial kitchens.

Seattle Indian Health Board

Donate cash to help.

Swedish Medical Center

Donate equipment, supplies and food for caregivers, help fund research and care or write a note of thanks.

UW Medicine

Donate equipment and supplies, help fund testing, care and leave a note for caregivers. research.

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Donate PPE and other supplies, help fund equipment purchases or launch a community fundraiser.

Editor’s note: If you are a healthcare system representative and would like to be added to this page, please email

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