KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — You can make cloth masks and donate them to healthcare workers in the community.
1. Making Cloth Masks
Guidelines for Homemade Masks:
Material – 100 percent cotton, double-sewn with stabilizer; also needs a metal piece at the bridge of the nose measuring roughly 4 inches; no restrictions on colors, patterns, etc. of cotton fabric
Size – Measures about 8 inches wide and 4 inches tall, with straps being 16-18 inches at each of the four corners (straps preferred over elastic loops for comfort/durability)
After crafting, here's the places collecting the masks locally.
Drop off at the Flag Circle entrance, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
1924 Alcoa Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920
Parkwest Medical Center
Covenant Health Supply Chain Dept
1400 Centerpoint Blvd, Bldg. A
Knoxville, TN 37932
Blount Memorial Hospital
To donate and coordinate a drop-off contact the Blount Memorial Foundation by phone at 865-977-5727 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Messages also can be sent through the Foundation Facebook page.
A Facebook group Knox Makes Masks shares tips and tutorials for those wanting to help and coordinates efforts for donation. You can join the group and follow along for collection.
Prestige Cleaners is collecting any community donations of handmade masks. You can drop them off through their drive thru at certain Prestige locations. They will take those masks make them compliant then donate them to whoever is at need: assisted livings, nursing homes and people who are high risk.
The Jacks of Knoxville store is also helping out. You can drop masks off at their downtown store, or ship them.
They ask that the masks are washed and placed individually in a zip-locking bag. Please fill out their form before donating.
133c S Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902