NC-based humanitarian group set to donate 10,000 masks to UNC Health


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A North Carolina-based humanitarian group is expected to donate 10,000 masks to UNC Health on Wednesday morning, according to a press release from the hospital system.

Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization based in Boone, is set to deliver a truck full of masks to UNC Health. The donation is one of the largest UNC Health has received since they solicited donations this past Sunday, UNC Health officials said.

Both UNC Health and WakeMed asked for donations of masks, gloves and other medical supplies earlier this week. The community responded quickly and continues to do so.

“UNC Health caregivers are grateful for the outpouring of support from schools, businesses, community organizations and individuals. So far, we’ve collected more than 30,000 donated masks,” the release states.

Samaritan’s Purse also released a statement on the donation:

Samaritan’s Purse is thankful to be able to donate 10,000 masks to the UNC Health system to support their medical team as they fight COVID-19. These are some of the 55,000 total masks we are currently supplying to North Carolina health facilities. Please continue to pray for those who are suffering from the disease and for the medical personnel working on the front lines to fight the global pandemic.”

Samaritan’s Purse

UNC Health and WakeMed said they could use the following items for donations:

Most Urgent Needs:
N95 masks
Surgical masks
Surgical masks with a shield
Nasal swabs for medical use

Other needed supplies:
Eye protection, including safety goggles/glasses
Face shield
Gloves, disposable
Gowns, disposable
Hand sanitizer, greater than 60-percent alcohol
Hand soap
Shoe covers, disposable
Handmade masks

UNC Health drop-off locations and hours of operation include:

UNC Health Learning Street
2001 Carrington Mill Blvd.
Morrisville, N.C. 27560
March 24, 25, 26, 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont
100 Sprunt St.
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27517
Monday, March 23 – Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

UNC Wellness Center at Northwest Cary
350 Stonecroft Lane
Cary, N.C. 27519
Monday, March 23 – Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh
4200 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, N.C. 27607
Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

More information can be found at the UNC Health website. Questions about donations can be emailed to

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