Local health officials seek donations for use in Knox County

Local health officials are seeking donations for use in Knox County. 

Currently our healthcare system is potentially facing not having enough supplies to protect themselves as they care for patients with COVID-19, mainly a respiratory virus. Fabric face masks may help fill this void. These fabric face masks do not filter germs to the level of manufactured healthcare masks but these masks serve as a barrier.

Fabric Mask Pattern/Instructions linked here and below in PDF format.


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 
Station 430 - Station 2 - 23059 Coshocton Rd., Howard 
Station 440 - 139 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, OH 43019 
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 (8 am - 4 pm).

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 also accepting commercial and other PPE (not homemade) donations.

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.

DELIVERY INFO: Donations of this kind should be delivered to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 11540 Upper Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon.
We can not thank you enough for your willingness to help.

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
  • 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 to dispose of the Rx pills in the drop box.