How to donate supplies to Colorado hospitals

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A woman carries protective masks to a bin as medical supplies are donated as part of an effort staged by two state lawmakers, Project C.U.R.E., Colorado Concern and the Denver Broncos to battle the spread of coronavirus Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A woman carries protective masks to a bin as medical supplies are donated as part of an effort staged by two state lawmakers, Project C.U.R.E., Colorado Concern and the Denver Broncos to battle the spread of coronavirus Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Multiple donation points are now available in Colorado Springs for anyone who would like to donate protective gear to hospital workers.

Penrose Hospital

Drop boxes for personal protective equipment are now available outside the front entrance of several Centura locations, including Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. The drop boxes are open between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:

  • 9100 Mineral Circle, Englewood (Centura Health Corporate Office)
  • Penrose Hospital – 2222 N. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs
  • Avista Adventist Hospital – 100 Health Park Drive, Louisville
  • Longmont United Hospital – 1950 Mountain View Ave, Longmont
  • Mercy Regional Medical Center – 1010 Three Springs Boulevard, Durango
  • St. Anthony Summit Medical Center – 340 Peak One Drive, Frisco
  • St. Catherine Hospital – 401 E Spruce Street, Garden City, KS

Centura is ONLY accepting the following items:

  • Boxed masks and N95s (single or used masks cannot be accepted)
  • Gloves that are still in manufacturer packaging
  • Packaged gowns or rain ponchos with sleeves
  • Face shields (must include eye protection and be labeled as surgical, isolation, dental, or medical procedure face shields)

In regards to homemade masks, Centura said:

We are so amazed by the talented and giving members of our community offering to make homemade masks. As of today, per CDC guidelines, homemade masks are not considered PPE and should be only considered as a last resort. Therefore, Centura is not currently accepting these as donations, but would like to still hear from you. Please email us at CovidDonations@centura.org so we can provide you a pattern and material specifications in the event our current policy changes and we begin to accept homemade masks.


Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management

The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management is accepting unused personal protective equipment to distribute among local hospitals, long-term care facilities, first responders, and hospice. Donations are being accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the office at 3755 Mark Dabling Drive in Colorado Springs.

The following unused items will be accepted:

  • Eye protection & goggles
  • Face shields
  • Surgical masks
  • Sterile & non-sterile gloves
  • Disposable gowns
  • N95 Masks
  • Sanitation Wipes
  • Personal Wipes

If you have a large donation that cannot be dropped off during the above times, call (719) 373-5874 to make arrangements for pickup.


Kaiser Permanente

While the CDC does not consider homemade masks to be effective personal protective equipment inside clinical environments or for those caring directly for people with COVID-19, Kaiser Permanente staff members in nonclinical areas may use their own personal masks.

This is where the Colorado community can help. Kaiser Permanente has developed step-by-step instructions for making masks at home. Tap here for the instructions, and tap here for an instructional video.

To donate homemade masks or any other medical supplies: email KPCO-Supply-Chain-Logistics@kp.org with the following information:

  • Your name/city/state
  • Your email address to receive an electronic mailing label
  • Approximate weight of your shipment
  • Estimated number of boxes needed for your shipment
  • Number of masks you’re shipping
  • Estimated value of supplies

Once they receive your information, Kaiser Permanente will provide a prepaid shipping label to use on your package.


If you’re looking for other ways to support healthcare workers, Centura suggests:

  • Signing up to donate blood at a local donation center.
  • Delivering catered food for on-duty caregivers (homemade food cannot be accepted).
  • Assembling care packages for caregivers who are working long hours and may not have time or resources to obtain essential items for personal use, including items such as:
    • Shelf-stable food staples
    • Toilet paper and other paper goods
    • Home cleaning supplies

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