SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- People from all across the area have been looking for ways to help healthcare workers and one local health system is now offering a way for people to do that.

Mercy Medical Center and Trinity Health Of New England said Thursday that they are now accepting donations of homemade surgical-style masks.

Officials noted that while some people may want to come together in groups to work on mask-making projects, you are strongly urged to continue practice social-distancing.

Trinity Health said that before making the masks, people are asked to consider:

  • Have you, or anyone involved directly in your mask-making project, been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past two weeks?
  • Do you, or anyone involved directly in your mask-making project, have fever, cough or shortness of breath?
  • If you are able to answer “no” to these questions, proceed with your mask-making project.
  • If you answered “yes” to either of the questions, please do not continue with your mask-making project.

There are certain preferred materials that will be needed:

  • 100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics
  • 100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
  • 1/4” or 3/8” flat elastic

Trinity Health shared the following instructional video from Joann Fabrics with information on how to make the mask:

Trinity Health asks that any homemade masks be put into sealed plastic bags and noted that several masks can placed in one bag.  Those bags then need to go into a box clearly labeled 'Homemade Mask Donation.'

Deliveries can be arranged with Mercy's volunteer coordinator, Nancy Reilly, via email.

Any other questions can be directed to Trinity Health's COVID-19 hotline at (888) 786-2790.

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