WellSpan Health and Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) today announced they are joining forces to meet the 100 Million Mask Challenge, an initiative launched by the American Hospital Association to help meet growing demand for masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“WellSpan Health is pleased to partner with Mennonite Disaster Services,” said Jim Shenk, Director of Development at WellSpan Health. “When MDS heard that we had a need, they reached out to see how they could best help us. This is in addition to a large effort by MDS and the Plain Community that has been providing masks to WellSpan.”
WellSpan is providing the funding for material for this new initiative to make an additional 50,000 masks. MDS volunteers are packaging the kits of pre-cut material to be used with the assistance of Goods Stores. Each kit has enough material and instructions for sewing 50 masks.
Persons interested in making masks can pick up kits at any of WellSpan’s donation sites. Sewers should return the completed masks to the same donation site. There is no need to call ahead or reserve a kit.
The 100 Million Mask Challenge is a nationwide effort calling on manufacturers, the business community and individualsacross the country to coordinate efforts to rapidly produce needed PPE on a large scale for the nation’s health care heroes. The current supply of masks in some parts of the country has not been able to keep up with the demand.
How you can help
Individuals interested in making or donating masks should visit WellSpan.org/COVID19Help to download the approved pattern or call the Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-855-851-3641 and select option 4.
WellSpan has opened donation sites across southcentral Pennsylvania. Mask kits can be picked up and donations are accepted Monday through Friday at the following locations:
- Chambersburg: 1660 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg; open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Gettysburg: 450 S. Washington St., Gettysburg; open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Hanover: WellSpan Health and Surgery Center, 1227 Baltimore St., Hanover; open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- York: 601 Memory Lane, York; open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Ephrata: 501 Alexander Drive, Ephrata; open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Lebanon: WellSpan Internal Medicine, 717 S. 8th St., Lebanon; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information about the Mennonite Disaster Services-led mask making project, please call 717-823-0952.
For more information on the 100 Million Mask Challenge, visit www.100millionmasks.org.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization has 1,600 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, approximately 20,000 employees, and more than 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. Visit WellSpan.org.