Mankato-Beginning 9 a.m., Monday (April 13), donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be brought to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center (formerly the Mankato Civic Center), 1 Civic Center Plaza. Donated PPEs will be sanitized and re-packaged for distribution to long-term care facilities, front line volunteers, public safety, transportation personnel and other essential workers. View guidelines for homemade cloth face coverings.

“During discussions with our partners we realized there was an opportunity to help,” says Brian Sather, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.  “The event center has access to supply chain for hard to purchase materials, storage space and equipment needed to help collect, sanitize, manage and distribute personal protective equipment being produced through grassroots community efforts.”

Civic center drop off locations:

  • Community members are asked to place PPEs in green Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota dropboxes in front of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center lobby doors.
  • Businesses or individuals with large deliveries may bring Mondays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 311 or 507-387-8600 to schedule an appointment. Please use Walnut Street to access the event center’s loading dock area. Signage will help direct where to place.

View map showing drop off locations. Direct donations to facilities accepting masks are also encouraged. Should a facility not need PPEs, please bring to the event center, and staff will provide to others. Those interested in donating N95 masks should contact health care facilities.

“As Veterans, we have all taken an oath to protect and serve the citizens of this country, and this is yet one more opportunity for us to continue to serve,” says Commander Reggie Worlds with the Lyle C. Pearson Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, Chapter 10. “We’re honored to team with partners to help safely collect masks and other personal protective equipment to first responders and healthcare workers.”

Because many can benefit from the combined work of people from organizations, partners continue to plan for ways to further support community needs. Using technology is one way to help provide that support.

“A few of the ideas we’ve been discussing include a virtual fundraising music series, supplementing distance learning and providing support to those adjusting to working at home,” says Barb Kaus, CEO of Greater Mankato Area United Way.

Efforts to benefit the community involve ongoing collaboration between the Greater Mankato Area United Way; Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, Lyle C. Pearson Chapter 10; Blue Earth County; Greater Mankato Growth; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Mayo Clinic Health System and the City of Mankato, which has had a long tradition of providing service in partnership for the greater good.

“Our longstanding relationships allow the ability to quickly change direction and work together in a new way to maximize the value of individuals into a large group effort to benefit the region during this challenging time,” says Alison Zelms, deputy city manager.

Learn more about how to get involved. For more information contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.