COVID-19 Donor Options
This list is updated on a regular basis. If we’re missing a donor option, please let Mike Rocheleau know at mrocheleau@DelawareBusinessTimes.com.
Delaware Delivers for Heroes
Delaware Today and Delaware Business Times have established a program designed to give back to healthcare workers dealing with the crisis, support local restaurants and engage our readership.
Delaware Delivers for Heroes is an initiative to raise money to purchase gift cards from local restaurants open for takeout and delivery and distribute them to healthcare providers on the front lines across our state.
All the money raised will be spent at local restaurants, and gift cards will go to health care providers and first responders.
If you are interested in making a donation, nominating a team of health care professionals to receive meals or for more information visit DelawareDeliversforHeroes.com
Caregiver Relief Fund
This fund assists caregivers and their families as they serve our communities. The fund monies are designed to assist with events such as school and daycare closures, job changes for spouses/partners, and caring for family members. Make a donation to the Caregiver Relief Fund here.
Donation of Personal Protective Equipment and Cleaning Supplies
ChristianaCare is accepting donations of the following unused items:
- All types of unused protective face masks, especially N95 masks.
- Protective suits and medical scrubs.
- Goggles, safety glasses and face shields.
- Cleaning and sterilizing solutions and wipes.
- Medical gloves.
- Digital and disposable thermometers.
- Hand sanitizers.
- Disposable stethoscopes.
These items can be dropped off at the following locations:
- 110 West Market Street, Newport. This site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday, April 10.
- Westown Movies at 150 Commerce Drive, Middletown, DE. This site will be open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you are dropping off supplies at any ChristianaCare donation site, include the details of your donation on this form and send it to the Office of Development, ChristianaCare, 13 Reads Way, Suite 203, New Castle DE 19720 or email Doreen.Dixon@ChristianaCare.org.
Donate Funds to Beebe Staff
These funds will be used to help purchase medical equipment, supplies, and costs directly associated with patient care enabling Beebe’s employees to continue to do what it takes to keep everyone safe. Visit their website to donate.
Beebe will be ensuring that all donated items meet the proper safety standards to ensure the safety of their team members and patients. For more specifics on donation of items, please contact Beebe Population Health at 302-645-3337 or click here to send an email.
Masks can be dropped off to Beebe’s Population Health Department (1307 Savannah Road, Lewes). Bins are located on the covered front porch from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Staff is available for assistance, please call 302-645-3337. Donations left overnight will not be accepted. Please leave your name with the masks you donate so Beebe can acknowledge your generosity.
- Unused face and surgical masks, especially N95 masks
- Eye protectors: safety goggles, safety glasses, clear face shields
- Surgical and medical gloves
- Medical garb, suits, scrubs, and isolation gowns
- Cleaning and sanitizer solutions (such as alcohol wipes/pads, bleach wipes, sanitizing wipes)
- Hand sanitizer, including hand sanitizer bottles/pumps/spray bottles
- Brown paper bags and lunch bags
- Alternative respirators that OSHA has given permission to use in healthcare settings during this pandemic.
Nemours Children Health System
This list is in order of need and priority. Please note, these are the ONLY supplies Nemours will be accepting at this time.
- Masks/Facial Protection — factory-made and hand-sewn . Factory-made include: N95, level 1 procedure, level 3 surgical in original unopened container.
- Respirator — Max-Air or ILC Dover brand Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs), PAPR hoods and PAPR supplies
- Eye Protection —Transparent face shields, safety glasses, goggles
- Cleaning Wipes — bleach, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide based wipes
- Gloves — Non-latex gloves, all sizes in original unopened container
- Gowns — Disposable gowns, water resistant, in original unopened container
- Hand Sanitizer — Hand sanitizers w/ > 60% alcohol concentration, unscented
Items for Nemours can be dropped-off at the Brandywine Towne Center, between Raymour & Flanigan and Bassett Home Furnishings, at 5329 Concord Pike in Wilmington. This location will be active Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through April 30.
More information can be found on their website.
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
To donate unused protective face masks, especially N95 masks, protective suits and medical scrubs, goggles, safety glasses and face shields, cleaning and sterilizing solutions and wipes, medical gloves, hand sanitizer, disposable stethoscopes and digital and disposable thermometers, visit DonateDE.org or call 302-536-5386.
Individuals wishing to make a credit card, debit card or personal check donation to the Bayhealth Foundation, visit BayhealthFoundation.org/Donate.
If you prefer to donate by check, make your check payable to Bayhealth Foundation and mail it to: Bayhealth Foundation, 640 South State Street, Mail Code 3071, Dover, DE 19901.
At present Bayhealth is ONLY accepting in-kind donations of the following medical products
- Masks (N95, surgical, and procedure)
- Disinfecting wipes such as Clorox or Sani-cloth wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Face shields
- Safety Goggles and eye shields
- Isolation or surgical gowns
- PAPR machines and disposables
Donations of unused medical products listed above can be dropped off at the offsite warehouse located at 35 Commerce Way, Suite 100, Dover, DE, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. M – F.
Donors with questions about the donation of medical products should call the Bayhealth Foundation at 302-744-7015.
Saint Francis Hospital
To support St. Francis Hospital, visit its donation page.
If you have any questions or need further guidance on gift options, please contact St. Francis’ Philanthropy Department at 302.575.8282 or email@example.com.
Adopt-A-Unit at ChristianaCare
Home Grown Cafe in Newark has partnered with ChristianaCare to launch Adopt-A-Unit. Home Grown is providing healthy ameals to local ChristianaCare staff, feeding one unit at a time.
At ChristianaCare, units are made up of 10-70 employees, working four different daily shifts, ranging from newly opened testing facilities to Intensive Care Units. Home Grown’s goal is to reach every unit worker, both day and night shifts, across all ChristianaCare locations.
Once meal donations for a single unit are fulfilled, they will prepare and deliver the orders. The more donations collected, the more units they will be able to feed.
Blood Bank of Delmarva
The Blood Bank of Delmarva is collecting plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat other patients with advanced COVID-19 infections.
Known as convalescent plasma, the ill patient is transfused with the donor’s plasma with the goal of using the donor’s antibodies to help clear the virus.
“We’re proud to partner with leading medical institutions from Delmarva and beyond in developing this potential treatment,” said Beth H. Shaz, M.D., Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at New York Blood Center Enterprises in a statement. “If this treatment proves to be effective, we are prepared to quickly scale our process and activate our network to serve hospitals nationwide.”
Qualified donors will be referred by area hospitals and the FDA will approve patients for the treatment on a case-by-case basis. Once donor eligibility is confirmed by hospital partners, the plasma will be collected, processed for infusion, and be held by the Blood Bank of Delmarva for hospitals to treat patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.
Only donors who have recovered from COVID-19 and confirmed by a physician will be eligible to donate. Convalescent plasma donors must have complete resolution of symptoms for at least 14 days before they are allowed to visit the blood center for donation.
To learn more about BBD’s efforts to collect convalescent plasma, please visitdelmarvablood.org/plasmaforcovid19.
Rapid Response Fund
The United Way of Delaware is working with Philanthropy Delaware to raise funds to alleviate the near-term impact of COVID-19 on children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors.
UWDE has donated to the Food Bank of Delaware, Catholic Charities, First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown, West End Neighborhood House, Jewish Family Services, Latin American Community Center, Cheer Activity Center in Georgetown, Modern Maturity Center in Dover, and the Wilmington Senior Center.
Donors can contribute to the Rapid Response Fund at uwde.org/COVID19, and 100% of all contributions go to the agencies.
Strategic Response Fund Grants
The Delaware Community Foundation and Philanthropy Delaware are assembling funds for a collective response, targeting the evolving long-term needs of the state’s most-impacted communities.
Applying for grants from this fund is now open at delcf.org/covid-grants. The maximum grant request is $50,000. Applications will be accepted weekly on a rolling basis, with decisions made Fridays of the same week. Nonprofits can reapply weekly.
Grants from the Strategic Response Fund will initially focus on urgent needs related to COVID-19, then expand over time to more structural and long-term needs in three funding areas:
- Front-Line Grants fund nonprofits encountering increased demand for services due to COVID-19. This includes services to people who are financially vulnerable, homeless and facing health challenges.
- Service-Challenged Grants fund nonprofits that need assistance modifying their service delivery models extremely rapidly due to COVID-19.
- Collateral Damage Grantsfund nonprofits facing extreme difficulty because of lost revenue due to closures, cancellations and other challenges related to COVID-19.
Applications received by noon on Monday will be reviewed and chosen on Friday of that same week, with funds will be transferred Friday afternoon.
Delaware Emergency Action Trust Restaurant Relief Fund
Food Bank of Delaware
To meet increased demands, the Food Bank of Delaware is prioritizing donations of time and money.
- Healthy volunteers– We are in need of healthy volunteers to help pack emergency meal boxes in both our Newark and Milford facilities. Health and safety measures have been taken to protect our volunteers.
- Financial support – We are fundraising to cover the costs of increased food distribution and pre-made weekend meal kits for children.
For those who want to donate food, the Food Bank of Delaware will accept donations at both the Newark and Milford facilities (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).
The most needed items include:
- Canned fruits
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut butter
- Pasta and jarred sauce
- Canned meats (tuna fish, chicken)
- Hot and cold cereal
- Healthy snacks like granola bars and raisins
- 100% fruit and vegetable juice
The following unused items are needed:
- All types of unused protective face masks, especially N95 masks
- Protective suits and medical scrubs
- Goggles, safety glasses and face shields
- Cleaning and sterilizing solutions and wipes
- Medical gloves
- Digital and disposable thermometers
- Hand sanitizer
- Disposable stethoscopes
Donate Delaware is requesting donations of these items from businesses or community members who have supplies that they do not currently need. Members of the community are not being asked to purchase new items for donation.
Every Wednesday, from 11 am to 2 pm, at the Westown Movies located at 150 Commerce Dr., Middletown. Items gathered from this location will benefit ChristianaCare.
Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10, from 10 am to 2 pm, at 110 W. Market Street in Newport. Items gathered from this location will benefit ChristianaCare.
Mondays through Saturdays until April 30, from 9 am to 1 pm, at the Brandywine Town Center, between Raymour and Flanigan and Bassett at 5329 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Items gathered from this location will benefit Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.