Apr 15, 2020
DENVER – From hand sewn face coverings to medical gowns, Denver residents and businesses have donated thousands of items of personal protective equipment (PPE) to support essential workers. In addition to the community donations, Denver is also receiving shipments of much needed PPE throughout the week. The shipments include critical supplies of surgical and N-95 masks, face shields and gloves.
“In times of crisis, everyone wants to help,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “In these challenging days with so many people staying at home, I appreciate the individuals and businesses who are finding ways to use their skills or learn new skills to support our essential employees. This is a great example of Denver residents coming together to support one another during an unprecedented time.”
Denver continues to highly encourage community donations of PPE supplies to fill the on-going need. Thousands of supplies continue to come in from individuals, businesses, and community-based organizations and distribution is underway to locations with the greatest need.
Donations to the city’s Jason Street location of Parks and Recreation have included more than 500 masks, over 30,000 pieces of other PPE such as gloves and gowns, 48 gallons of hand sanitizer and over 175 home-made cloth face coverings.
Businesses are also contributing. Leopold Bros Distillery produced and donated over 35 gallons of hand sanitizer to Denver Parks and Recreation. The donation is being used by parks patrol staff, at meal sites, and at the auxiliary shelter for people experiencing homelessness at the National Western Complex. The firm reported that another batch of sanitizer will be ready this week and they are willing to continue producing and donating as needs dictate.
Handmade cloth face coverings are being checked for suitability compliance by the Denver Department of Health & Environment (DDPHE), and the city has established standards for the production and labeling of the manufactured hand sanitizer as well.
City employees are encouraged to make and donate suitable cloth face coverings, too, in a “Coverings for Coworkers" campaign that launched last week. All community members are encouraged to wear homemade face coverings whenever leaving their homes, as per Governor Polis’ guidance.
In addition, the City expects to receive several shipments of PPE this week including:
Supplies are being distributed to hospitals, care facilities, shelters, and paramedics, Within the city, supplies have been sent to Denver safety departments including police, fire, sheriff, and essential workers in city agencies.
Guidelines on PPE donations are available at denvergov.org in the “How to Help” section, Community organizations serving Denver who seek supplies can submit requests there as well. Current PPE drop-off locations include:
Denver Parks and Recreation Maintenance Facility at 4495 North Jason Street,
Police District 3 Station at 1625 S University Blvd,