COVID-19 Homemade PPE Donations

(updated 10.12.20)

We continue to be humbled by the ongoing support of our community members and local businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Words can not express our appreciation. Though we still are still in need of n95 small face masks and disposable gowns, the following represents homemade PPE that would benefit our efforts to provide patient care during this time:

  1. Homemade Bouffants Caps
  2. Homemade Ear-Loop Face Masks

We Need Your Help – Donate Homemade Bouffant Caps and Ear-Loop Face Masks

Oneida Health is actively seeking donations of homemade Bouffant Caps and Ear-Loop Face Masks to support the delivery of care in our health care network.

From all of us at Oneida Health, thank you for your support and efforts in keeping our community safe and healthy! Your assistance is greatly, and humbly appreciated from all of us.

(updated 10.12.20)

How to Make Bouffant Caps:

Bouffant Caps, also called surgical caps, are becoming increasingly important as purchased PPE caps become harder to find and our use of them increases. Homemade Bouffant Caps can replace the use of purchased surgical caps, can be laundered, and offer additional comfort to our staff by removing the pressure of the face mask strings from being around their ears all day. The following video is currently the best resource to date for making homemade bouffant caps.


How to Make Homemade Ear-Loop Face Masks:

While fabric masks are not a perfect substitute for industry grade masks, they can be an important tool in extending the life and supply of our current respirator masks. We are looking for both 2-PLY and 3-PLY masks to be donated. We will graciously accept either. The following are how-to instructions.

Why specifically ear-loop? We have received a variety of homemade face masks during the past three months. Though the tie string masks provide the benefit of custom sizing, they do not launder well. Many times they wrap or tangle with other masks to a degree where we are unable to free them. Often leading to them being discarded.


How to Donate Items:

Donations can be dropped off at the hospital main entrance Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Oneida Health Hospital
321 Genesee Street
Oneida, NY 13421

Our security team at the front desk will be happy to accept them.

  • Please double bag all donated items.
  • Please include the Name(s), Phone Number, and Address of the individual or individuals who contributed to the donation (optional, but appreciated!)

All homemade face masks will be sterilized prior to use.

For Questions:

Please submit any questions you may have in the form below. We are also happy to hear from you if you have any suggestions which may improve the efforts of others based on our “how-to” instructions above. We will typically respond within one-two business day to any submitted questions. If you have an immediate need, please call 315-361-2300.

This form will be transmitted to Oneida Health electronically. Please understand that though secure, the information submitted is not encrypted to meet HIPPA requirements. We request that you do not transmit your personal health care information using this form.