Pinellas calling for donations to help fight COVID-19

Pinellas County is requesting donations from individuals and donations to help bolster supplies of personal protective equipment and disinfectants. Donations will be taken to area hospitals, long-term care facilities and first responders. The hospital seen here, in Tarpon Springs, is now known as AdventHealth North Pinellas.

Pinellas County is asking for donations of critical supplies from residents and businesses to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to a county press release Tuesday, the request is a proactive attempt to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectants before supplies run out completely. The array of supplies is for county hospitals, first responders, emergency medical services, nursing homes and home healthcare workers.

Donations will be accepted at three locations. Until further notice, donation drop-off times are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Drop-off locations are listed below.

St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 715 E. Orange St., Tarpon Springs, 64689

Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave., Seminole, 33778

Tropicana Field, Lot 4, 198 17th St.. S., St. Petersburg, 33705

Personal protection equipment (PPE) items requested:

  • Surgical face masks (note: we cannot accept homemade face masks at this time)
  • P100 masks
  • N95 masks
  • Face shields
  • Nitrile exam gloves, powder free
  • 5 and 7 mil nitrile gloves
  • Eye protection - safety glasses
  • Surgical tear away gowns
  • Safety eye goggles

Disinfectants requested:

  • Hand sanitizer (any size) 60% Alcohol
  • 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • Clorox wipes
  • Lysol disinfectant spray
  • Sani-cloth wipes
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide

Medical equipment requested:

  • Ventilators

These drop-off locations are specific to PPE and disinfectants. Other items, such as food, clothing and blankets, will not be accepted and should be taken to other local nonprofits, shelters and food banks. The county listed three sites accepting these types of donations.

Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center: http://tscenter.org

Food Donations accepted: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

304 S. Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, 34689

RCS Pinellas: https://rcspinellas.org

Food Donations accepted: Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

700 Druid Road, Clearwater, 33756

St. Pete Free Clinic: https://stpetersburgfreeclinic.org

Food donations accepted: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

863 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, 33701

Pinellas County is soliciting the help of the business community directly. For questions, please call the Citizen Information Center at 727-464-4333 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Those with hearing impairment can chat online at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat.