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How You Can Help

Donate: First to Goal Fund

On Friday, March 27, the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation received a generous $150,000 donation from Candy and Eddie DeBartolo and Family to create the First to Goal Fund, which will support frontline health care staff as well as area first responders such as police, fire, ambulance, and quick response units. The purpose of the fund is to provide them with the support, equipment and supplies they need to reach their goal of emergency preparedness, caring for ill patients, and eliminating the spread of COVID-19 in northwest Montana.

“On behalf of my family, we are proud to support the first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Eddie DeBartolo. “We would like to urge other community leaders to join us in this very important cause to help our local heroes. We will continue to support this fund until the virus is gone and we send our love and gratitude to the entire Flathead Valley and urge you all to please stay healthy and well.”
 
The DeBartolo family invites the Flathead Valley to join them in supporting those on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Make your tax-deductible donation HERE.

See below for other ways to help protect and support our frontline health care staff:

Project PPE: What we need

While KRH is fortunate to have a current supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), we know a time may come when those supplies may be significantly reduced as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Help us reach our goal of building an inventory of 10,000 masks!

KRH welcomes the following supplies. Items must be unused and in the original manufacturer’s packages; the box can be open, but no loose single items, please:
  • Latex-free gloves
  • N95 face masks
  • Other disposable face masks
  • Clear face shields 
  • Scrub hats

How to make PPE items

Sewn cloth masks:
Washable cloth masks are also welcome and helpful for general daily use. 100% cotton (tightly woven) is the recommended fabric. If you are making masks, whether for your family or to donate to frontline workers, we will buy your fabric for you. We are working with Quilt Gallery and A1 Vacuum here in Kalispell and have pre-purchased fabric for our community members to pick up.
*Note: Cloth masks will not be used in sterile environments or in place of recommended PPE in certain circumstances.
Download instructions or watch video tutorial 
Download advanced mask pattern and watch video tutorial

3-D Printed:
3-D Printed masks can help bolster supplies of N-95 masks.
Download files for 3-D printed masks                           

Face Shields: 
Plastic face shields are in short supply, as well. 
Watch tutorial video
Pattern

Scrub Hat:
To help protect our staff and our patients. 
Visual instructions
Download pattern 

*If you do not sew or have supplies, you're welcome to send a word of encouragement or thanks to employees, letters can be sent to 310 Sunnyview Lane Kalispell MT 59901 or email foundation@krmc.org.

Dropping off supplies

Clean, unused supplies can be dropped off at the north entrance of the Summit Medical Fitness Center at the circular drive beginning Thursday, March 26.

The drop-off site will be open Monday through Saturday  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To practice social distancing, community members can leave the items on a designated table and drive away. Staff will collect the items after you leave.

For more information or questions call the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation at (406) 751-6930.