A Phenomenal Woman

Submitted by KCH on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 10:42am
Bonnie Perkins Donation Photo
"A Phenomenal woman will get out of bed when the whole world around her is falling apart."― Delma Pryce.

In early November, Bonnie Perkins from the 'Sew Special Network,' in Danville, OH, rose to the challenge to provide PPE resources for Knox Community Hospital. She donated 63 handmade surgical gowns and 120 N95 washable masks. We were fortunate to grab Bonnie's photo when she dropped off her donations to our Supply Chain Director, Anthony Calderone. Pictured with Bonnie and Mr. Calderone is Elizabeth Doolittle from the United Way of Knox County. The United Way played an extraordinary role in developing Bonnie's project by awarding a grant to purchase the resources to create the gowns. 

We cannot thank Bonnie and the United Way of Knox County enough for their support and generous donation. Please read below for more information on donation opportunities and resources available in our area.

COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing are now available by appointment. View the links below for details.

Additional Resources and Information

The demand for personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic has exceeded the supply available to medical professionals and hospitals. Community members are invited to donate Personal Protective Equipment for community use.  Commercial purchased, and homemade equipment will be accepted. 

Community members and local sewing groups planning to prepare hand-sewn masks from the comfort of their own homes are encouraged to use instructions for a CDC compliant face. An example is available online at https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask.

Knox County Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sites are accepting homemade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) masks. 

  • Station 410 - Station 1 - 139 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019
  • Station 410 - Station 2 - 18439 Earnest Road, Butler, Ohio 44822
  • Station 421 - 5138 Columbus Road, Centerburg, OH 43011
  • Station 430 - Station 1 - 7 West Walnut St., Danville o Station 430 - Station 2 - 23059 Coshocton Rd., Howard
  • Station 440 - 139 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, OH 43019 o Station 450 - 102 E. Brooklyn St., Gambier, OH 43022
  • Station 460 - 22 Spring St – PO Box 528, Utica, Ohio 43080-0528
  • Station 470 - 1491 Homer Road NW, Homer, Ohio 43027
  • Station 480 - Station 1 - 3790 South Market Street, Bladensburg, Ohio, 43005
  • Station 480 - Station 2 - 187 North Market Street, Martinsburg, Ohio, 43037
  • Station 490 - 200 West Gambier Street, Mount Vernon Community members making donations are encouraged to drop off donations during the day-time/daylight hours. 

The hand-off process may be a bit different for each individual department location. In general, visitors can gain access by entering the lobby and letting the greeter know what the purpose of the visit is. To avoid close interactions, community members could also consider leaving the donation at the entry of the building. Hand-made donations will be laundered before use.

Emergency Management Agency is accepting commercial and other PPE (not homemade) donations. Local health officials are seeking donations for use in Knox County.

Needed supplies include:  Gloves (vinyl, latex, or nitrile), Face masks such as N-95 respirator or surgical masks, Hand sanitizer, Disinfectant wipes These donations are accepted in unopened packages only.

Donations of this kind should be delivered to the Knox County Sheriff's Office at 11540 Upper Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon.

For additional questions concerning PPE needs and donations, including what is needed and where active donation sites are located, please call the Knox County COVID Call-Line, 740.399.8014 (Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm).

The Knox County Sheriff's Office also serves as one of our local drop-off locations for unwanted medication and drugs.

  • Dispose of unwanted medicine in Knox County at any of the three convenient locations listed below. 
  • Fredericktown Police Department - 182 South Main Street
  • Fredericktown Knox County Sheriff's Office - 11540 Upper Gilchrist Road
  • Mount Vernon Police Department - 5 North Gay Street, Mount Vernon
  • *MVPD Lobby is typically open Mon - Fri 8:00 am -4:00 pm; however, people can use the phone on the wall to contact dispatch directly after hours, and a patrol unit will unlock the door and let the people in the lobby dispose of the Rx pills in the dropbox.