Making FacemasksMDS needs your help in replenishing our inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We're reaching out to locals who are part of the national movement of volunteers who are sewing masks. The CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) guidance says that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.

We also need donations of gowns, gloves, eye protection, and hand sanitizer.

Donations accepted in bin inside the MDS office door in Keene from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Thank you so much for your help.

Below is our general guidance for those who wish to help by sewing masks for donation.

FIRST: Important infection prevention
Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:

1.  Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

2.  Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?

If you can answer "NO" to both questions, then proceed with making masks.

If you answer "YES" to either or both questions, please do not make masks. If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVID-19, please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment. Otherwise please stay home, avoid contact with others, and monitor your symptons.

Instructions for making masks:
100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics
100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
1/8", 1/4", or 3/8” flat elastic, or 1/4” inch bias-tape

For specific dimensions, refer to these written instructions (PDF).

Video instructions: Instructional video from Deaconess Health System

Written instructions: How to Make a Facemask (PDF)

Related questions:  Fabric Mask Making Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on D-H's Facebook page

If you cannot find elastics, follow these instructions to make fabric ties:
If flat elastic is not available, fabric ties can be sewn on the mask (no ribbon please), one tie on each of the four mask corners. Ties should be approximately 1/4” width, sewn so there are no frayed edges, and approximately 15” for each corner.

Dropping off masks:
Please let us know that you'll be delivering the masks to us, from Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. - contact by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone 603-352-1304.

Bring masks in re-sealable plastic bags to the designated box just inside the door of  MDS in Keene - Monday through Friday:

     * 121 Railroad Street, Keene (click here for map)

Questions? Please call 352-1304 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please, if you are sick, please do not bring masks. Thank you!