Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations, Including Homemade Items

Alert: Information for CHA patients and visitors regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).


Like all hospitals during this outbreak of COVID-19, CHA is facing a shortage of medical supplies, including PPE. This is an unprecedented and unpredictable crisis, and we are pursuing different avenues to bolster and conserve our supplies so that we can meet the critical need and support our frontline staff.

We are asking the community for donations of new and unused PPE. See the list below and click on any of the links for an image of the specific items we are seeking. 

If you need further information (e.g. specs) on any of the items above, please check the following website

If you are interested in creating homemade PPE (masks) that will be donated, below is some guidance:

  • Please use cotton, such as cotton sheets.
  • Create the mask using two layers of material and include a "pocket" so that we can insert a filter.
  • While we know there are different patterns available for mask-making, here is one that CHA recommends for its ease of use.
  • For more info on dimensions of cotton and alternatives to elastic ties, click here.

View details on how to create and purchase cheap (under $2) face shields.

If you are able to make them or purchase them, CHA is glad to receive them.

Items can be dropped off with Public Safety at the entrances of our Cambridge, Everett and Somerville Hospitals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Items will be delivered to our Central Storeroom, which will inspect and distribute them across our hospitals and primary care centers as needed. Please provide your name and contact info (email) so we can say thank you.

Items can also be mailed to CHA Somerville, 33 Tower Street, Somerville, MA 02143, Attn: Foundation Receiving Donations. If you are unable to leave your home, we are happy to pick up homemade PPE items or have them delivered. Please contact Julia Saggese (

Vendor inquiries can be sent to

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Updated March 31, 2020