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How to Help: Donate to UC San Diego Health COVID-19 Emergency Response

UCSD Employees with PPE

Join us in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can play an important role in addressing this emergency and helping those affected by it.

There are many ways you can help.

Donate Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies

COVID-19: How to Donate

Thank you all for your generous interest in donating needed equipment and supplies. We are very appreciative. Due to the high number of people contacting us, our response times may be impacted. Please be aware that not all donations of masks and other supplies will be suitable for clinical use.

While UC San Diego Health is successfully managing its supplies as responsible stewards of its resources, we are asking all researchers and relevant facilities, individuals and organizations to help alleviate the shortage in San Diego by making key equipment and medical-grade materials available to UC San Diego Health.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) are critically important, specifically:

  • Medical-grade procedure and surgical masks only. We are not accepting hand-sewn masks.
  • N95 respirators – only 3M branded models 1870+ or 8210
  • Surgical and isolation / protective gowns
  • Arm sleeves
  • Goggles, safety glasses and face shields

How to Deliver Needed Equipment and Supplies

To donate medical-grade equipment and supplies, you can:

  • Physically drop off items at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, located at 200 West Arbor Drive. (See map.) Please contact Carlos Olvera first to schedule a drop-off, Monday through Friday at colvera@health.ucsd.edu
  • Ship donated items:
    200 West Arbor Drive
    Attn: COVID-19
    San Diego, CA 92103

Donated Goods Form for Tax Deduction

Donated items are tax deductible. Please include a copy of the Donated Goods Form with your donation. If donating through a web service such as Amazon, include donor contact information (name, address, phone number and email) in the gift message box and UC San Diego Health will send back a completed tax receipt.

Donate Cash

Cash donations let us respond as quickly as possible to this fast-changing situation to protect the ongoing safety of our community and health care workers.

Donate Food and Other Items for Caregivers

If you are looking for a way to express gratitude and share appreciation for our caregivers at UC San Diego Health, please consider donating a meal, non-perishable food items, essential household items or wellness kits. Meals should be individually packaged from a restaurant or sealed, prepackaged items. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept homemade food. If you are interested in donating, please contact experiencetransformation@ucsd.edu. Please be ready to provide information on how many meals or items you would like to donate and we will let you know the best location, date and time to deliver the items.

Gratitude to Health Care Team Members

The Office of Experience Transformation at UC San Diego Health is pleased to coordinate community expressions of gratitude in the form of letters, cards, notes, drawings, etc. to share with and display for our health care team members. 

Please send items to:

UC San Diego Health
Office of Experience Transformation
200 West Arbor Drive #8916
San Diego, CA 92103

Items also can be scanned and sent to experiencetransformation@ucsd.edu.