COVID-19 update in Newton MA

How To Help During Coronavirus Shortages

My neighbor sent these suggestions to help:
I. It is not an exaggeration to say that every health care facility is experiencing a critical shortage of protective equipment for health care workers.
1. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you can try to make some masks. We don’t know whether home sewn masks are as effective as standard masks, but they could be used as a last resort which is in keeping with CDC guidance – and they could be sterilized and reused. I’d advise checking ahead with health facility to see if they would be accepted, as well as safe drop-off directions. Here is a video link:
2. If you are handy with other craft materials, you could try to make some face shields. One hospital made them from marine-grade vinyl, industrial tape, foam, and elastic. As above, check ahead before donating. Here is a link:
3. If you have store-bought masks of any kind that you are able to donate, please consider doing so.
II. There is a blood shortage. If your health and ability allows, you could donate blood.
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit
The American Red Cross has seven locations in MA where you can donate:
1.         Boston – 274 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
2.         Danvers – 99 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923
3.         Dedham – 180 Rustcraft Road, Dedham, MA 02026
4.         Raynham – 275 New State Hwy, Raynham, MA 02767
5.         Springfield – 150 Brookdale Drive, Springfield, MA 01104
6.         Weymouth – 208 Main Street, Weymouth, MA 02188
7.         Worcester – 381 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605
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