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Donation Center opens in response to COVID-19

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Phillips, 88th Air Base Wing vice commander, talks with volunteers manning a donation drop off point outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Phillips, 88th Air Base Wing vice commander, talks with volunteers manning a donation drop off point outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeannette Roman, 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief liaison, drops a donation of masks into a collection bin, as Bernadette Worsham, 88th Air Base Wing donation coordinator holds the lid open, at the 88th Air Base Wing’s donation drop off point outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeannette Roman, 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief liaison, drops a donation of masks into a collection bin, as Bernadette Worsham, 88th Air Base Wing donation coordinator holds the lid open, at the 88th Air Base Wing’s donation drop off point outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

Bernadette Worsham, 88th Air Base Wing donation coordinator, sets up a sign for the 88th Air Base Wing’s donation drop off point outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. The center is open Monday-Friday between 1 and 5 p.m. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

Bernadette Worsham, 88th Air Base Wing donation coordinator, sets up a sign for the 88th Air Base Wing’s donation drop off point outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. The center is open Monday-Friday between 1 and 5 p.m. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeannette Roman, 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief liaison, holds a stack of masks she is donating at the 88th Air Base Wing’s donation drop off point outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeannette Roman, 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief liaison, holds a stack of masks she is donating at the 88th Air Base Wing’s donation drop off point outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, April 21, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

The 88th Air Base Wing’s donation center is currently open Monday through Friday from 1 until 5 p.m. outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)

The 88th Air Base Wing’s donation center is currently open Monday through Friday from 1 until 5 p.m. outside the chapel located in the Prairies housing area, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – A donation center is positioned at the Prairies Religious Education facility, located at Bldg. 229, 648 Chapel Lane, in the Prairies Housing Area near Area B.

The objectives of the center include minimizing the spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and prioritizing the health and safety of the Wright-Patterson community. 

The center officially opened April 20, and will be open to receive donated items Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m., said Bernadette Worsham, 88th Air Base Wing Donation Center Coordinator. 

In response to the Coronavirus 2019 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided guidance on such things as proper hand-washing techniques, social distancing requirements, and the wear of facial coverings to help slow the spread of the virus. Items that were previously plentiful in most stores, such as hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes capable of killing germs and viruses have become scarce in many instances.

In addition, the Air Force released guidance April 6 on use of cloth face coverings, which states that to the extent practical, without significantly impacting mission, all individuals on Department of the Air Force property, installations and facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of physical distance in public areas or work centers.

This guidance applies to Total Force military personnel, DoD civilian employees and contractors, family members and all individuals on Department of the Air Force property, installations and facilities, and does not apply within a personal residence on a military installation.

As donated items are received at the donation center, an offer of gift form must be completed.  Then, the base Emergency Operations Center (EOC) officials coordinate on distribution of these items to base organizations that can best benefit from them. 

Base organizations inquiring about the availability of donated items to support public health efforts in their work areas should contact the EOC at 937-255-1858.

Those interested in helping out at the donation center should contact Valarie Nagelson, Wright-Patterson AFB COVID 19 Volunteer Coordinator, at valarie.nagelson.1@us.af.mil.

For questions about the center, please email Bernadette Worsham at bernadette.r.worsham.civ@mail.mil.