Homemade Mask Guidance

Thank you for generously offering to sew handmade surgical masks to support UR Medicine Thompson Health as we work to meet the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 presents to our community and health care system.


A Few Tips

  • Masks must be made from new - unused materials. 
  • When making these types of masks, it is better to use multiple layers of looser weave material than a single layer of densely woven material.
  • At this time, we are not providing materials or kits but there are several patterns easily found on the internet. We are relying on community generosity for this supplemental effort to protect our patients, clinicians and community.
  • If you are finding it difficult to purchase elastic for the mask’s ear loops, ties will be acceptable (but elastic is preferred, when available).
  • If you are including filter inserts with the masks you donate, please seal them in a separate package or leave them in the manufacturer-sealed package (apart from the masks), as all handmade masks will be laundered for sterilization.

While other hospitals are collecting children’s sized masks, Thompson has relatively few pediatric in-patients. So we ask that the vast majority of your masks be adult sizes. If you’d like to sew children’s masks, please consider reaching out to Golisano Children’s Hospital, another member of our UR Medicine family.


Masks may be dropped off at F.F. Thompson’s loading dock, seven days a week, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Address:  395 West Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424

  • From West Street turn onto Shining Star Drive
  • Follow the road around the back parking lot to the loading dock
  • Ring bell, leave donation by the door, and return to your car
  • Please include a note with your name, address, and inventory of items donated
  • Questions? Email Stephen Harrington at Stephen.harrington@thompsonhealth.org


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