Crow Wing County officials are asking residents to donate extra masks, gloves or hand sanitizer they may have to spare to protect the public’s health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

According to county officials, the goal is to anticipate the items needed by law enforcement, first responders and medical staff. All items will be donated to local first responders and health care workers.

“We continue to work to prepare Crow Wing County and to protect our residents. We want residents to get out and donate if they can,” County Administrator Tim Houle stated in a news release.

There is a drop box outside of the front entrance of the community services building, 204 Laurel St., Brainerd. Staff will monitor the box and bring items inside. Residents can drop items off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Items requested are:

  • New surgical masks,

  • New N95 masks,

  • New industrial dust masks,

  • New latex-free gloves,

  • New disposable food-grade gloves,

  • New disinfectant wipes,

  • Hand sanitizer of all sizes,

  • Antibacterial soap,

  • Water-resistant protective gowns,

  • New eye protection goggles or glasses, and

  • New face shields.

“We ask that residents still stay at home as much as they can and practice social distancing,” Houle said. “If you do go out in the community for essentials, consider dropping off a donation to help those working on the frontlines have the best protection.”