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PPE Supplies Needed!


With the current Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage, Illinois CancerCare is accepting donations of the below items to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All equipment will be disinfected before use and washed daily. Any surplus supplies will be distributed to other organizations in need.

A donation drop off location has been set up near the back entrance of our Peoria facility:Please send your address and a list of the supplies delivered to We appreciate our community showing up for our patients and staff at this time of need!



There are many face mask tutorials available online – most of which we will happily accept! For your reference, below is instructions provided by Deaconess.


  • Cotton fabric
  • Rope elastic (beading cord or 1/8″ flat elastic will work)
  • Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)


  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together – cut 9″x6″
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
  3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
  4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
  5. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  7. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
  8. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.