Allen Fire Department Accepting Homemade Mask Donations
Calling all crafters! Allen Fire Department is now accepting donations of homemade face masks to distribute to health care workers and other essential personnel. The masks will be used by personnel in low-risk environments or if more sophisticated personal protective equipment is no longer available.
"Medical-grade personal protective equipment is becoming extremely hard to find, and should be available primarily to those on the front lines of exposure, such as medical staff or first responders,” said Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd. “However, even simple fabric masks can help reduce the spread of droplets by providing a constant covering when someone talks, coughs or breathes in public.”
Masks donated to Allen Fire Department should follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for sewn cloth face masks, available on the CDC website. These masks are sewn with two fabric rectangles and include elastic or string to secure it to the face. All materials used should be machine washable.
Mask donations will be accepted from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice at the Allen Fire Department mobile office located off Butler Circle, behind Allen City Hall. See map.