How to Help

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  1. Healthcare Equipment Donations
  2. Donate Blood
  3. Medical Volunteers
  4. Retired VA Physicians


Healthcare Equipment Donations

Tennessee Resources:

Private sector PPE Donations: Please view the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s website here regarding PPE donations. All communications about donations should be sent to and all communications about vendors, including manufacturers interested in making component parts should be sent to

Donations are also being accepted at armories throughout Tennessee. You can drop off donations from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, Monday - Friday.  Here is a map of locations.

The following items are currently a priority in the effort against COVID-19: 

  • Masks (surgical and n95)
  • Gloves (non-latex)
  • Gowns
  • Face-shields
  • Goggles
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Tyvek suits
  • Thermometers

Federal Resources:

  • Companies seeking to import or manufacture medical products to aid the U.S. Response to COVID-19: 
    • According to the FDA, if a company would like to import or produce medical products to help with the COVID-19 response, please send inquiries to FEMA at
      • Please include as many details as possible about the request (e.g., manufacturer name, address, product, and model number) and contact information for the company, either an agent in the U.S. or the company itself.
    • If companies have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please email FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center at
  • Project N95: National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Donate medical supplies and equipment
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hotline for PPE: If you’re a health care provider that has questions or is experiencing shortages of personal protective equipment or other supplies, call the FDA’s toll-free line at 1-888-463-6332 (1-888-INFO-FDA), then choose option (*).


Donate Blood

Tennesseans can provide a critical supply need by donating blood. Red Cross blood donation locations can be found here.


Medical Volunteers

Trained medical volunteers can offer their services by registering with a National VOAD member on


Retired VA Physicians

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has temporarily made it easier to rehire retired VA health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This waiver authority expires after one year. Learn more about the VA’s response to coronavirus here.