Be the Helper: Homemade face coverings

We need your help! The CDC is now recommending everyone wear cloth face coverings in public in places where it’s hard to stick to social distancing guidelines—places like our shelters, opportunity centers and congregate living areas. We want to make sure all of our staff and clients have access to face coverings if they need them, which we estimate to be around 5,000 face coverings. Can you help by donating 5, 10, 50 or more?

We hope any questions you have about creating and donating face coverings are answered below. If not, please reach out to for more information. Thank you for Being the Helper!

Q: Is there a specific pattern you recommend?

A: We welcome all face coverings that adequately cover the nose and mouth. We recommend patterns from Allina Health and the CDC.

Q: Where should I donate the face coverings?

A: Catholic Charities Distribution Center, 341 Chester St. St. Paul, MN 55107 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Q: Are you accepting surgical masks?

A: We are closely monitoring our supply of surgical masks and are currently in the most need of face coverings. If you have a supply of surgical masks that you would like to donate, please contact Lori-Anne Williams at

Q: Can I organize a drive with friends, parish or sewing club?

A: Absolutely! Please contact Lori-Anne Williams at if you have special circumstances or would like to organize an ongoing donation of face coverings.

Q: Are there other items in need that I can donate?

A: Yes! We have a great need for thermometers, sanitizer, bleach wipes and other critical needs. Check out the wish list for those most in need to see the full list.

Q: Are there other ways I can help?

A: Yes! We have been overwhelmed with support from the community and all of you – but we still need your help to support those most in need and our staff on the frontlines through this pandemic. There are so many ways you can be the helper – give your time, gifts, or voice.

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