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PPE Donations and Homemade Masks

I hope you're holding up okay in these difficult times. Personally, I've been getting through by focusing on the helpers all around us who are doing everything they can to make a positive impact — in small and big ways.

In these difficult times, it's incredibly important to take care of one another and to remember that we are in this together. Each of us has a part to play in getting our nation through this crisis.

Here's what we can do right now:

Here in Oregon and across the country, people are donating any extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that they have — gloves, masks, gowns, and hand sanitizer. We need to do everything we can to respond to this crisis and our medical workers need equipment that will protect them from the Coronavirus. Please scour your homes, workshops, and businesses for any extra gloves, surgical masks, N95s, and gowns for our medical heroes.

You can drop off your homemade face masks (while out running your essential errands!) anytime at our campaign HQ in Eugene.

Lane County Warehouse
3050 N. Delta Highway, Eugene OR 97408
Monday – Friday, 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

There are collection sites in every community. Call your county health authority to confirm your nearest drop site.

Others are taking immediate action by sewing homemade face masks for health care workers on the front lines. If you can craft and sew, I'm asking you to please help make masks. This pattern has been approved by nurses and volunteers are working away, sewing right now!

While these homemade masks will not prevent infection, they are being produced at the request of nurses and medical workers on the ground who are seriously concerned about dwindling PPE supplies and need to have a backup covering — even if it's just a cloth mask to protect their face.

(Yes, this is what bravery looks like.)

Here in Eugene, our campaign has turned our headquarters into a collection site for homemade masks.

If you're in the Eugene area and have to run an essential errand (please heed Governor Brown's Stay Home order!) you can drop off your homemade face mask anytime at our campaign HQ. It will be picked up and distributed by a local nurse.

Peter DeFazio Campaign Headquarters
222 E 11th Ave. Eugene
All days-all hours

Drop them off at our Eugene office.

*Please have your masks in bags. Bags must fit through the newspaper drop slot.

NOTE: You can sign up to have a volunteer pick up completed masks directly from your home.

As for Congressman DeFazio, he's back in DC, working tirelessly to get help to those in need. He's fighting ferociously to push the federal government to expand their response — especially expand production of critical personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers. Industries across the country want to help and transition their workforce to producing medical masks and gowns — but they need direction from the Trump administration. Earlier this week, Peter and the Oregon delegation sent a letter to the administration demanding that they cut the bureaucratic red tape immediately and support industries who want to expand production. We'll keep you updated as Peter moves this forward.

Across the country, people are doing everything that they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, keep our economy moving, and respond to this crisis. Our grocery store workers, postal workers, gas station attendants, health care workers, janitors, restaurant workers, transit workers, child care providers, and so many more — are modern-day heroes. When you're out doing your essential errands, thank them for showing up for us.

And for everything you're doing this difficult time, thank you. Thank you for staying home, thank you for being an essential worker, thank you for volunteering, thank you for supporting our collective community. Together, we're doing our part to help those who are helping others and it makes all of the difference.


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Posted on March 27, 2020.

As Independent as Oregon.

Peter DeFazio's common-sense proposals aim to create good-paying jobs, expand access to affordable health care and develop options outside of the for-profit marketplace, restore economic and educational opportunities, hold government accountable and tip the scales of inequality back in favor of hard-working Oregonians.

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