Ways You Can Help

While we are urging people to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for social distancing and staying home as much as possible, many people are still looking for ways they can help. Some of the ways you can help your local hospitals and the community are listed to the right.

Donate Supplies

UNC Health is now accepting donations of personal protective equipment (PPE).

If you or your company have a supply of masks, hand sanitizer, or other essential medical supplies please donate them to help protect healthcare workers and patients.

Mask Helpers Needed

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Please consider donating your time, skills, and materials to make mask helpers for healthcare workers to relieve pressure on ears from the daily use of ear loop masks. We are accepting a variety of types and sizes. Learn more about 3-D printing and sewing options for making mask helpers.

UNC Health will accept any of the following items:

  • N95 masks
  • Disposable gowns
  • Ear savers
  • Face shields
  • Disinfectant wipes

We appreciate your donations! Please use one of the community locations listed to the right to drop off supplies. Please do not bring supplies to our hospitals directly. Thank you!

Follow us on social to stay up-to-date on how you can help. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you have a question about donations email covidsupplies@unchealth.unc.edu.

Thank you for helping to protect healthcare workers!

Donate Blood

Donors are encouraged to give at The Blood Connection’s Donation Center at 5925 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. The Center is open every day: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. -7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 7 a.m. -5 p.m.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment at www.thebloodconnection.org, however walk-ins are welcome. The Blood Connection centers have been deep cleaned, and precautions are in place to protect every donor, including physical distancing.

Get Involved with Research at UNC

UNC researchers are working hard to learn more about coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn about the work being done, available clinical trials, and how you can get involved, including donating plasma with COVID-19 antibodies, at Research for Me.

Cards and Messages

We would like to thank all of the students, teachers, and community partners who have reached out wanting to support our healthcare workers with cards and messages of hope. We have set up an email address for you to submit pictures of your drawings, thank you notes, etc. These pictures will be used to create a screen saver so that healthcare workers can enjoy notes of encouragement throughout the day. Please send all pictures to marketpub@unchealth.unc.edu. Pictures should be good quality jpg or png files. Please do not send images embedded in emails. Pictures made with cellphones are fine. Thank you for your support.

COVID-19 Response Fund

Gifts to the COVID-19 Response Fund will provide critical funding for UNC Health’s immediate needs to fight the pandemic. These include:

  • Protective equipment for health care providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Lab equipment and materials for researchers working around the clock to develop new tests and treatments
  • Aid for already-vulnerable patients, families and caregivers suffering from additional loss of income
  • Financial support for medical students affected by reduced campus operations


Homemade Face Masks

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Thanks to the generous support from our community, we met our need for homemade face masks. We no longer need additional cloth face masks. Please consider supporting another group in need of masks. A list can be found on the Deaconess How to Make a Face Mask website.

Drop-off Locations & Hours

UNC Health Learning Street
2001 Carrington Mill Blvd
Morrisville, NC 27560

Monday (11/30), Wednesday (12/2) and Friday (12/4)
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mailing address for small donations:
UNC Health Learning Street
Attn: PPE Donations Team
2001 Carrington Mill Blvd
Morrisville, NC 27560

If you have a large donation, i.e. a pallet-sized delivery, please email covidsupplies@unchealth.unc.edu to make arrangements. 

Nash County

To donate items to Nash UNC Health Care, please contact Kirby Slade, Kirby.slade@unchealth.unc.edu, or call 252-962-8835.