AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin is calling on the community for help in donating personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies for healthcare workers.
The call comes as front-line healthcare workers attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and treating patients over the coming weeks.
Austin Disaster Relief Network
The Austin Disaster Relief Network partnered with the city of Austin to try to address the need. They are asking for:
- Hand Sanitizer (of all sizes)
- Antibacterial Soap
- N95 Masks (NEW)
- Surgical Masks (NEW), or homemade masks made to these guidelines
- Industrial Masks (N-95 or Dust)
- Disinfectant Wipes (NEW)
- Latex Free Gloves
- Eye Protection Goggles or glasses (NEW)
- Face Shields (NEW)
- Protective Gowns (water resistant)
- Disposable Food Grade Gloves
- Thermometers (NEW only) – old style or new style, especially non-contact version
- Portable Hand Washing Stations
Those donations can be dropped off at the following location from Sunday, March 22 through Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- ADRN Headquarters/HOPE Family Thrift Store at 1122 East 51st Street Austin, TX 78723
The network has also partnered with five churches to provide additional drop-off locations for Austinites starting Monday, March 23:
- Celebration Church (North) at 601 Westinghouse Rd – Georgetown, TX 78626 from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Life Austin (Southwest) at 8901 W Hwy 71 – Austin TX 78736 from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Central Texas Food Bank
The Central Texas Food Bank is primarily asking for monetary donations, at last report. Donate on their website here.
City of Austin
The city of Austin also hosted a donation drive Sunday, asking for things like respirator masks and other face masks, medical or disposable gloves, eye protection goggles, face shields and thermometers, to help the city fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Austinites were asked to drop off those items at three different locations between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- 517 South Lamar Boulevard
- 9900 West Parmer Lane
- 10947 Research Boulevard
Unopened or original items are preferred, but not required, according to the City.
Used gloves or masks should not be donated. No questions will be asked.
For more information on the city’s resources and donations, go to their website here.