Donate Masks & Personal Protection Equipment for #NwIndiana

     Perhaps now that your business is closed, you might have time to go in the “back” and dig out those industrial masks that you never use, or those old Safety Gloves, or Safety Glasses/Masks — even painter’s outfits.

     Perhaps, now that your stuck at home, you have the time to sew masks for the local Northwest Indiana Healthcare Community. 
     Here’s your opportunity to help out!
     Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak many hospitals, first responders, and other medical facilities have been left without personal protective equipment from a widespread shortage. 
     The “Masks for NWI Healthcare Workers(MFNWI) folks are providing the materials and resources for community members to sew their own hospital-grade masks. MFNWI is the only organization that is collecting, sterilizing, and distributing them to organizations and hospitals in need. They are indicated below with the MFNWI letters.
     If you need help with sewing instructions there is a local website and Facebook page with instructions. Click Here.  
     There are also several You Tube Videos online, just make sure you don’t use elastic, and also check into the proper material to use. Either way, make sure you sort them into separate bags and label the kinds of material that was used. They could be used as “outer masks,” cause they can be washed instead of thrown away. 
    For organizations looking for masks, you can send an email to “masksfornwi@gmail.com which should include the following: your organization, an address, the number of personnel needing masks, and proper contact information for an individual.

     According to the EOC and the MACC, there have been many requests from several types of Northwest Indiana Healthcare Facilities and the emergency operations center at the Gary Airport Terminal is working diligently to facilitate receiving and delivering supplies. They are a collection facility, as well as a distribution site to deliver to the healthcare facilities requesting.
     LARGER QUANTITIES CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT GARY AIRPORT:   the Indiana District 1 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) & The Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) has converted the Gary Chicago Airport Terminal Turned Into COVID-19 Command Center.  Please call at 219-576-2786 (Cell) 219-510-1119 (Landline) for instructions, before dropping off, (this location is technically not open to the public). email district1covidinfo@gmail.com

OTHER LOCATIONS RECEIVING SUPPLIES:

DYER:
   
Franciscan Health Dyer, 24 Joliet Street, Dyer, IN 46311, Loading Dock Attn: Michael Layman

EAST CHICAGO:
   
St. Catherine’s Hospital – 4321 Fir St. Parkview Tower entrance of Community Hospital during regular business hours. (219) 392-1700. More details to come soon. 

GARY:
     Methodist Hospitals (MFNWI) Northlake Campus, 600 Grant St., Mon – Fri, Main Entrance Lobby, Label types of masks, put in drop-off bin.

HAMMOND:

   Central FireHouse, 6110 Calumet Ave. in Hammond, Drop Off or Call (219) 853-6302. This is a drive up, open to the public.
    Franciscan Health Hammond, 5454 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN 46320, Loading Dock, attn: Supply Chain Services

HIGHLAND:
    inHealth Ambulance at 2429 45th Street, Highland, IN, Open 24/7 — donations go in the bin outside of the building
HOBART:
   St. Mary’s Medical Center, (MFNWI)1500 S. Lake Park Ave., East Entrance Breezeway, please label types of masks and place in drop off bin. 9am – 4pm.
   Hobart Fire Department, 401 E. 10th St., 219-942-5184.

MERRILLVILLE:
    Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, (MFNWI) 8701 Broadway, Main Entrance Lobby, Label types of masks in separate bags and place in  drop off bin. Mon-Fri 7am – 7pm.
    Midwest Express Clinic, 5043 E. 81st Ave., 219-707-5276.
   Lincolnshire Health & Rehabilitation, 8380 Virginia, 219-769-9009.
   Sts Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, (MFNWI) 8000 Madison St. Call for Instructions. 219-2481 – more details coming soon.

MICHIGAN CITY:
   Franciscan Health (MFNWI)– 3500 Franciscan way, Michigan City, Main Entrance B, Contact Sister Petra at 219-877-1447 to set up curbside pickup, 10am – Noon ONLY. Be sure to label types of masks in separate bags.

MUNSTER:
     NISSA – Northwest Indiana Information Sharing And Security Alliance Indiana, 1001 Ridge Road, Munster, In, 46321, United States, 219-836-6655 – Call First.
    St. Thomas More Church,
(MFNWI) 8501 Calumet Ave., Mon – Fri, Parish Office Entrance, look for sign that says, “Parrish Office, on East side of Building. 8am – 4pm.
    Franciscan Health Munster, 701 Superior Avenue, Munster, IN 46321, Loading Dock – Attn: Supply Chain Services
     
VALPARAISO/PORTAGE:

      inHealth Ambulance 153 W U.S. Hwy 6, Valparaiso, IN 46385 | Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is a drive up, open to the public. Call 219-545-1796, This is a Receiving and Delivery Service.

CROWN POINT:
     Franciscan Health Foundation – Northern Indiana, 1201 S. Main St.  Crown Point, IN 46307, (219) 661-3401, Receiving Dock – Attn: Mayra Cabrea
     Midwest Express Clinic
, 5521 Lincoln Hwy #1A, 219-769-1362.

SCHERERVILLE:
     Midwest Express Clinic, 1500 US 41 Schererville, 219-440-7373.

US MAIL: (MFNWI)
    Attn: Sister Petra Nielsen, OSF, Franciscan Health Michigan City, 3500 Franciscan Way, Michigan City, 46360.
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