PPE Donation Drive

Ages: 5th - 8th Grade

Length: 30 minutes -1 hour


  • Paper & writing utensil

  • Electronic device with internet access

  • phone book

  • telephone

Are you interested in finding a way to help your community? Frustrated that your community service options are limited while at home? Looking for a way to support the health care workers on the front lines of our current pandemic? Looking to practice your public speaking skills? Then this activity is right for you!

PPE: An Introduction

Currently, many hospitals are experiencing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE - the equipment that doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other health care workers use to keep themselves safe and from getting sick. This shortage is caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Common examples of PPE are face masks, gloves, or gowns. We can help hospitals and medical centers receive more of the PPE they need.

How can we get PPE and donate them to hospitals?

Luckily, hospitals and medical centers aren't the only places that use PPE such as masks, gloves, or gowns. Many companies and stores use the same equipment to protect their workers and may have PPE in storage that they can donate. Some examples are nail/beauty salons, tattoo parlors, construction/landscaping companies,

We can reach out to some of these types of businesses to ask if they would be willing or interested in donating PPE they have available.


  1. Using a search engine or phone book, search for and make a list of the following types of companies or businesses in your area:

    • Nail/beauty salons, hairdressers, barbers

    • Tattoo/piercing parlors

    • Construction or landscaping companies

***IMPORTANT*** make sure that you are getting permission from a parent or guardian before completing the next step.

2. Reach out to the company, either via a phone call, email, or connection on social media, and ask them if they would be interested in donating PPE or medical supplies they may have available.

3. If they are interested, that’s great! Your next step is to point them in the right direction for donating. Direct them to https://www.donateppe.org/, a website dedicated to helping people find the right place and way to donate their materials.

(If they are not interested, that’s okay. Just politely thank them for their time and move on to the next company or group on your list.)

4. Contact as many companies or groups that are on your list, or you have time for.

Some key tips for communicating with people from companies:

    1. Remember to first introduce yourself, regardless of how you connect with them (phone call, email, social media).

      • DO NOT give them your last name or any other personal information beyond your first name and that you a middle school student

    2. Be prepared to describe what PPE is, if the person you are speaking to is unaware.

    3. Be polite, but direct. Respect your time, and theirs!

Here is a sample script of what I would say in an email or phone call:

“Hello there, my name is Carter and I teach middle school students in a local district! I hope you are doing well today. I am calling (or writing) to ask if your company would have any Personal Protective Equipment you are willing to donate to local hospitals or medical centers.”

Questions to consider:

  • How are my individual actions impacting others, even if I am not connected to them?

  • What are some other ways that I can connect with people to make a difference?

  • Who are other people I know who want to help? Do they have good ideas for making a difference?