Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare makes appeal for HANDMADE FACE MASKS for healthcare workers


MAY 7 UPDATE:   The response from so many parts of our community has been tremendous, and we are forever grateful. Thank you! ...We are still accepting donations from anyone who is able to help by making and sending masks.They (are) incredibly useful. (Find link to instructions in article below.)
~Rev. Rev. Jonathan C. Lewis, Program Manager of UT & Conference Ministries, Mission Integration Division

APRIL 3 UPDATE: To anticipate what sort of supply of masks Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH) might receive from anyone who is sewing and/or donating, please let me know how many you might be contributing, and when. This will help MLH make preparations for receiving and distributing mask donations. If people are communicating with you about what they would like to make and give, feel free to pass that word on to me as you hear updates from your contacts. 
~Rev. Rev. Jonathan C. Lewis, Program Manager of UT & Conference Ministries, Mission Integration Division


By Dr. Albert Mosley
Senior Vice President & Chief Mission Integration Officer
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, TN

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities have been asking how they can help. The most important thing you can do right now is to remain safely in your homes and continue to practice social distancing on the occasions that you have to venture out.  

While you are home, however, you can help protect our front-line healthcare workers by MAKING HANDMADE FACE MASKS.

We have heard from multiple community organizations and local sewing groups asking how they can create and donate these masks, and we have gratefully created a mechanism and system for them to do so.

To help preserve our supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is providing instructions on how to sew face masks for our front-line associates. These masks will not take the place of PPE but will help extend the utilization of the N-95 masks that are crucial for proper healthcare.

We are humbly requesting your assistance as soon as possible. Please READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS about how to properly sew and create the face masks, and share the invitation to help with your communities.

Masks may be mail to or dropped off at

  • Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach, located at 600 N. Jefferson in the Medical District of Memphis OR TO
  • ​Germantown United Methodist Church, located at 2331 S. Germantown Road, Germantown, TN.
As an anchor institution in the Mid-South, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is committed to providing the highest quality healthcare for all members of our community. Yet we cannot provide this care without your generosity. As we meet the unprecedented needs of this pandemic, we are grateful for your support.