Mercer University School of Medicine student volunteers will hold a donation drive for personal protective equipment and other items in an effort to support area hospitals.

The drive will take place 1-5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Mercer Medicine, the School of Medicine’s multi-specialty physician practice located at 250 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in downtown Macon.

The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center, located at the medical school, has been in contact with rural hospitals across the state who have an urgent need for personal protective equipment, commonly called PPE, including isolation gowns, surgical masks, gloves and more.

School of Medicine students expressed a desire to work with the Center to organize drives to obtain such PPE and other needed items to distribute to area hospitals in need.

The following items will be accepted at Friday’s donation drive:

  • N95 masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Face shields
  • Surgical gowns
  • Shoe covers
  • Gloves
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Disinfectant sprays
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Hand-sewn medical masks and scrub caps
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks such as chips, cookies, granola bars, fruit bars and crackers
  • Paper plates

Items may be dropped off at an orange tent in the parking lot of Mercer Medicine with volunteers and donors maintaining a safe distance of at least 6 feet. Donated items should be in original packaging, if possible, or in zip-top bags or other containers. Anyone who is currently experiencing or has experienced within the last two weeks any symptoms such as cough, fever or shortness of breath should refrain from participating in the donation drive.

 

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Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​