County COVID-19 donations center coming to Richmond

City and county officials will be accepting donations of PPE at Richmond Civic Center next week.. (Photo credit:: Mike Kinney)

By Kathy Chouteau

Contra Costa Health Services is bringing its COVID-19 Donations Center to Richmond, aiming to accept donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies for healthcare providers and child care/family centers countywide. 

The Donations Center will be open Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civic Center parking lot on 27th Street between MacDonald Ave. and Nevin Ave.

“Please come out and support our Donation Centers,” said Lt. Matt Stonebraker of the Richmond Police Department. “We are in desperate need of healthcare personal protective equipment, childcare supplies and items for patients in need.”

According to Contra Costa Health Services, the community is encouraged to donate only the following needed medical supplies: Eye protection, such as goggles and face shields; unopened antibacterial and disinfecting wipes, typically alcohol or bleach-based (no baby wipes); unused N-95 and surgical masks; waterproof gowns, coveralls and sleeved aprons; and hand-sewn cloth masks.

While open, the Donations Center will also accept items that will be distributed to countywide emergency child care/family care centers that are providing child care for the essential work force. These items include: Toilet paper, paper towels, surgical type gloves; household grade disinfectant spray; household grade disinfectant wipes; and child-sized fabric masks/surgical masks.

Additional items that will be collected by the Donations Center during the allotted timeframe will include these items that will be distributed to patients in need who test positive for COVID-19: New pillows (in packaging); new blankets (in packaging); new shower shoes; and sweatshirts (clean).

Anyone unable to stop by the Donations Center while it’s open can also support County efforts via the COVID-19 Rapid Relief Fund by clicking here.