We are grateful to those who have donated items to our affiliates during this time of need among all health care providers in our community and across our country. A number of community members have expressed interest in sewing and donating items like cloth face masks, which we very much appreciate and will gratefully accept. To assist, we have a handy "how-to" video that demonstrates the process.

For the safety of our caregivers and residents, we do ask that homemade items meet the requirements listed below.

Important Infection Prevention Notice:

Before you begin making PPE items to donate, please ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Do you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath?
  • If you answered “NO” to both questions, please proceed with your project.
  • If you answered “YES” to either or both questions, please do not make PPE to donate.

If you have symptoms or concerns about COVID-19, please call the Oswego County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline at 315-349-3330.

Instructions for making masks:

Masks should be made with the following materials:

  • 100% unused cotton fabric (front), no metallic fibers
  • 100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
  • 1/4″ or 3/8″ flat elastic
  • Adjustable wire preferred but not required

To make arrangements with us to secure your donation, please contact John Wall at 315-342-3166, or by email at jwall@stlukehs.com

Helping Us With A Monetary Donation

Our St. Luke John Foster Burden Fund is accepting monetary donations to support our efforts. 

** New - The recently enacted CARES Act has unique provisions for charitable donations to qualifying entities. The Act permits Americans to deduct $300 of charitable contributions to charitable organizations regardless of whether they itemize their taxes during 2020; while small, this is an important step toward recognizing the value of non-profits like St. Luke and affiliates. It also increases the limit on charitable contributions for individuals and corporations who do itemize their taxes during 2020 by eliminating the 50% limitation for individual donors.

At this time, St. Luke, Bishop’s Commons and St. Francis Commons cannot accept donations of other homemade items (including food).

If you have questions about making gifts during this difficult time, please contact us at Giving/The John Foster Burden Fund

Thank you.

Thank you for joining us in placing the care and safety of our residents first and foremost as we move forward during this challenging time.