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As they deal with nationwide shortages of face masks and other vital gear, Lancaster-area hospitals are setting up ways for the community to donate personal protective equipment.

Here are the directions they're giving the community.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Penn State Health

  • Three drop-off locations — in Lancaster, Hershey and Reading — are accepting donations of certain items weekdays 8 a.m. to noon. Addresses, a list of items and other instructions are here
  • The system is not accepting homemade masks at this time but says it's developing a mask prototype that will require assembly of locally manufactured parts, "and we will be looking for community hands to do that assembly."

UPMC Pinnacle

  • It reports having "enough supply of personal protective equipment and cleaning solutions to meet current demands across UPMC, and we acquire new supplies daily," but has set up a drop-off location for supplies in Harrisburg and has a web form for those "interested in donating non-hospital supply related resources, such as restaurant food delivery or gift cards for staff." Instructions on both are here.

WellSpan Health