St. David’s HealthCare truly appreciates the generous outpouring of support we are receiving from the communities we serve. While we have the supplies and equipment we need at this time, we are doing everything possible to secure products, as the worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields and gowns, is a reality that we are addressing with realistic, workable solutions. We have also implemented protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conserve those items.
You can help in several ways:
Currently, donations of the following items are being accepted:
- Masks, specifically N95s, surgical masks, etc.*
- Disposable gloves
- Eye shields
- Industrial soap
- Antibacterial/disinfectant wipes
You can drop off donations at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center between 9am–4pm, Monday–Friday at the following address:
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
Loading Dock (located on the north side of the parking garage closest to Ben White)
901 West Ben White Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
In addition, Austin Disaster Relief Network is collecting donations at their headquarters, 1122 East 51st St, Austin, Texas 78723, in coordination with Austin Public Health and City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Find information about donating items here.
*Based on current CDC guidelines, St. David’s HealthCare is not accepting homemade masks at this time, as the CDC cautions against the use of homemade masks because their ability to protect healthcare providers is unknown. However, homemade masks are being accepted by the Austin Disaster Relief Network.
If you are interested in supporting our caregivers during this time by providing meals, care packages, etc., contact Abbi Miller via email. Please include the type of support you would like to offer, and let us know if you would like to send it to a specific hospital location.
You can also help by donating blood through local blood bank We Are Blood.
If you are able and would like to help our community during this time, please consider making a financial contribution directly to your favorite non-profit organization or to All Together ATX, a COVID-19 response fund set up in collaboration by the United Way for Greater Austin and Austin Community Foundation. This community-led philanthropic fund is providing flexible resources to nonprofit organizations and those who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic consequences related to COVID-19.
We also know that this pandemic has left many families facing food insecurity. In the spirit of caring for others, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to the Central Texas Food Bank, perhaps in honor of our caregivers, to help those struggling with hunger in our communities.