Essentia Health offers ways community can help

Essentia Health is grateful to the community outpouring of support to healthcare during this pandemic. Here are a few ways community members can provide support:

Participate in a Red Cross Blood Drive

Essentia Health is hosting a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd. Call Deb Anderson to reserve at time slot at 218-828-7610.

Donate personal protective equipment

Essentia Health currently has adequate supplies of PPE, but will accept donations for any future needs. While the most pressing needs are medical-grade N95 masks, other useful items include:


  • Unopened medical-grade personal protective equipment - masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves.
  • Face shields.
  • Handmade masks.

Donations are accepted at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Pull up to the front door; donors are asked to remain in their vehicles and wait for site staff to collect the donations.
Staff will organize donations and make sure items are distributed to the appropriate people.

“We appreciate our friends and neighbors graciously offering donations and support to help our staff and patients,” Deb Anderson from Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center Volunteer Services said in a news release. “We are humbled by your generosity and caring.”

Financial donations

A fund has been established through St. Joseph’s Foundation for any future needs related to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Response Fund will help:

  • Support patients and families through compassionate care funds.
  • Provide funding for healthcare staff’s morale and well-being.
  • Respond quickly to the needs for any emergency preparedness efforts.

Donations can be made online at

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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