The North Wilkesboro-based Health Foundation Inc. is collecting donations of hand sanitizer, goggles, face shields, disposable gloves and disposable gowns for the Wilkes County Health Department, assisted living facilities, hospital and clinicians.

These items can be brought to the old hospice/home care building at 1907 West Park Drive, North Wilkesboro, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Local health professionals who need this personal protection equipment "are on the front lines saving lives and keeping us healthy as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a Health Foundation spokesman.

“As healthcare providers begin launching crisis plans, they have never needed you more. If you have ever considered donating to help your community, now is the time to consider how you can help.”

Patterns for making homemade masks are at:

These patterns can be used to make masks that can be donated to the Health Foundation for use by patients and residents of long-term care facilities. They should be packaged in clean Ziploc bags.

“This will be a contact-free drop-off - we are physically distancing to protect everyone's health,” said the spokesman.

Donors wanting a tax receipt for donations can take a picture of them and email

“If you are not in a position to donate supplies, but have access to supply chains that may have supplies available for purchase, please let us know at,” said the spokesman.

Secure charitable donations can be made to the Community Collaborative Fund at to support local non-profit health care agencies.

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