Donating Masks to Mosaic

Apr 22, 2020

Moms making masks

Mosaic Moms Making Masks: The first batch of home sewn masks was delivered to Mosaic by our Director of Behavioral Services, Kimberly Swanson, PhD on behalf of her mother, Judy Anderson (upper left). Concerned about her daughter’s potential exposure to COVID-19, she had crafted 100 masks on her home sewing machine. This initial offering was soon followed by a batch of masks contributed by the mother of Ariel Monteau, RN, CNS, MSN and Clinical Educator at Mosaic. Ariel’s mom, K.C. Compton (upper right), also recruited her neighbor to sew masks, as did another employee’s mother. Bobbi McGinn (lower left; mother of Mosaic Communications Manager Bridget McGinn) and her neighbor Donna Morrison (lower right) of Scottsdale, AZ, recently mailed a package of masks to donate.

Are you interested in donating masks to Mosaic? Please read the following FAQ for details on our donation process.

Why is Mosaic asking for mask donations?
In an effort to supplement Mosaic’s supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), we recently reached out to family and friends of our staff to let them know that we are now accepting donated masks. Our goal is to provide patients, non-frontline staff and community members with masks that they can use while in the clinic and in the community to help keep themselves and others safe. As word has spread that Mosaic is accepting homemade masks, the masks have continued to arrive, and we are very grateful.

Where can I drop off my donated masks?

  • Bend: Mosaic Admin Offices, 600 SW Columbia Street, Suite 6150; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Redmond: Mosaic Clinic, 1250 SW Veterans Way, Suite 120, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Prineville: Mosaic Clinic, 375 NW Beaver Street; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Madras: Mosaic Clinic, 850 SW 4th St, Ste. 101; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12-2 p.m.

To view our clinics on a map, visit our clinic information page here.

In addition to Mosaic, St. Charles is also accepting donated masks.

Does Mosaic want child masks as well as adult masks?
We are accepting all sizes of masks although adult sizes are preferred. Please be aware that it is not recommended for children under the age of two to wear masks.

What model of mask is preferred?
We are gratefully accepting all models of masks. If your masks include pipe cleaner or other types of wire to create a nose bridge, please keep the inserts separate as we will need to remove these to launder prior to distribution.

How should our mask donations be packaged?
We recommend placing your masks in a single bag to place in the donation bin, as we will be removing all masks from any packaging to launder and package individually prior to distribution.

Where will the donated masks be used?
We will do our best to ensure that donated masks remain in the clinic and community where they were gifted. However, we may need to distribute masks to clinics and community partners around Central Oregon if the need is greater than local supply. We hope everyone will understand that we are all in this together!

What other steps has Mosaic taken to conserve their supply of PPE?
We were recently asked by the Oregon Primary Care Association to contribute an article to their blog regarding our PPE conservation efforts. You can read it here.

Why are patients and staff asked to wear masks while at Mosaic clinics and offices?
The recommendation to wear a mask while in a Mosaic clinic or workspace stems from a desire to prevent transmission of COVID-19. It is thought that as many as half of transmissions could be through asymptomatic carriers, meaning that we could feel 100% fine and not have a fever and still be shedding virus that could infect others. The purpose of wearing a fabric mask is to contain your own droplets from possibly infecting others, which can happen even if you feel perfectly healthy. They are NOT meant to protect you from being infected by other people. Wearing a mask and observing social distancing (keeping a minimum of six feet between individuals) helps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

What is the proper way to wear and care for my fabric mask?
Wash and dry fabric masks on the highest heat settings using commercially available detergent prior to wearing. Take care not to touch the face-covering portion, and use ear loops or ties to put the mask on and take it off. Remove mask for meals and drinks, or if it gets dirty, damaged or become hard to breathe through.

Do you have any other questions?
Please email [email protected] and we will respond within 24 hours.

Thank you for donating masks to Mosaic!

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