CDC on homemade cloth face coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Learn more about cloth face coverings from the CDC

Instructions and tips for making a homemade mask

Homemade masks can be distributed to COVID-19 patients when they go home from hospital care, along with their family members, or to patients and visitors to clinics and hospitals and people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Masks are also used for clients and volunteers in nonprofit or community organization settings.

People donating masks are asked to use one of these approved patterns. Please use 100% cotton fabric, double layer, with different fabrics for each side of the mask.

  • Read complete mask recommendations
  • Cloth face coverings should:
    • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • be secured with ties or ear loops
    • include multiple layers of fabric
    • allow for breathing without restriction
    • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

The CDC offers both sew and no-sew patterns:

  • Sewn Cloth Face Covering
  • Quick Cut T-shirt Cloth Face Covering (no sew method)
  • Bandana Cloth Face Covering (no sew method)

View the patterns (.pdf)

Donating Masks

Donate masks to local nonprofit and community organizations

Search wish lists to find nonprofit and community organizations that need face masks.

Donate masks to ThedaCare

ThedaCare accepts donations of masks at these sites during the following days/hours:

Goodwill Locations

Goodwill has offered the following drop-off locations even though they remain closed.

Goodwill Grand Chute
4759 Michaels Dr, Appleton
} Monday/Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Goodwill Darboy
N189 Stoney Brook Rd, Appleton
} Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Goodwill Neenah
907 S. Green Bay Rd, Neenah
} Monday/Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
ThedaCare Locations
Please note, donations will only be accepted at the ThedaCare locations listed.

ThedaCare Medical Center-Appleton (West Entrance Vestibule),
1818 N Meade St, Appleton
} 24/7, subject to change
p Donations collected in the bin just inside the West Entrance Vestibule
ThedaCare Medical Center-Neenah (North Entrance Vestibule),
130 2nd St, Neenah
} 24/7, subject to change
p Donations collected in the bin just inside the North Entrance Vestibule
ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin
225 Memorial Drive, Berlin
} Monday-Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
p Place donations in the large tote just inside the main hospital entrance.
ThedaCare Medical Center-New London
1405 South Mill St., New London
} Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
p Please call 715-281-8305 prior to arrival so someone can meet you at the loading dock at the back of the hospital.
ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano
100 County Rd B, Shawano
} Monday-Sunday: 5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
p Donations are being collected just inside the main entrance of the hospital.
ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca
Donations collected at Waupaca City Hall, 111 S. Main St.
} Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
p Please call City Hall prior to arrival so someone can meet you at the door.
ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose
601 Grove Ave, Wild Rose
p Donations can be dropped off at the main hospital entrance.