Sparrow collects quarter-million items from community

Published: April 16, 2020

LANSING, MI – After receiving more than a quarter-million items from the community, Sparrow Hospital is moving its collection site for donations of medical supplies to the Sparrow Medical Arts Building, 1322 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.

The hours of operation for the site will also change to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting Monday, April 20. Donations should be made at the west entrance.

The current site at the old Eastern High School will be open through Friday, April 17. Community response has been incredible since the site opened several weeks ago. Through last week, there had been over 254,000 items donated, including more than 171,000 non-latex gloves, about 50,000 regular masks, and almost 14,000 N95 masks.

Sparrow is grateful for the outpouring of support for our incredible Caregivers as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, Sparrow Eaton Hospital is revising its donation hours to 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the main entrance of AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte. The change also takes effect Monday, April 20.

Other Community Hospital collection sites are:

Sparrow Carson: Donations are being accepted on the southeast side of the building by the loading dock (East Maple Street and South Fourth Street) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sparrow Clinton: The drop-off site is the receiving dock on the east side of the hospital. Enter from Swegles Street and drive through the parking area to the north end of the lot. Use the phone by the door to call Caregivers. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sparrow Ionia: Sparrow Ionia’s drop-off site is the Orthopedic/Rehabilitation location, 537. W. Main St., Ionia. Donations accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We are accepting the following new or unopened items:

  • Disposable face masks
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles
  • Ventilator parts from Hamilton G5, Servo I and S, Trilogy, LTV 1200, HT 50, 7200 Puritan Bennett, including ventilator heaters, probes, wires, and disposable adapters
  • N95 masks, including 3D printed
  • Bleach or anti-microbial sanitizing wipes
  • Surgical caps
  • Hand-sewn reusable masks
  • Disposable non-latex gloves
  • Disposable foot covers
  • PAPRs (Power air purifying respirators) and PAPR hoods
  • Disposable gowns
  • Bleach
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nasal flock swabs (FLOQ swabs)
  • Fisher & Payal MR850 wires and heaters
  • 3/4'' unused elastic for use as headbands for face shields and 3/16'' unused elastic for use as headbands for respirator masks. This elastic is the kind used in the hems of clothing.

Items we will not accept are medications, food, blankets, medical equipment and other supplies not named above. Donors who request a receipt will be provided a receipt from the Sparrow Foundation, following Foundation Gift in Kind protocol.

Please visit to learn more about how you can help and to make a financial contribution to help defray the costs of the response effort and caring for our community.

For information on dropping off items or for any questions, contact the Foundation at 517.253.6144.


Sparrow, a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, is mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit