Hand-Sewn Masks & Collection Process

Recognizing the efforts of many who’ve been hard-at-work sewing face masks, Gold Star Cleaners and the Records Management Center have teamed up to collect and clean donated cloth masks.

If you would like to donate cloth masks, please drop them off at Gold Star Cleaners on 220 Union St. in Bangor between the hours of 7:30 am and 8:00 pm. Records Management has donated a drop box for collection.

Gold Star has graciously offered to launder each mask.

Donated masks will be re-distributed to community members and organizations free-of-charge.

Bangor Public Health and Community Services provides the following information about cloth face masks:

Staying home and social distancing are still the best ways to protect yourself.  However, US CDC now recommends the additional, voluntary step of wearing a cloth face covering when in public places, such as the grocery store.

  • Cloth face coverings are recommended for community use in public place where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as the grocery store or pharmacy.
  • People should continue to practice social distancing, keeping 6 feet apart and washing hands/using hand sanitizer frequently.
  • When removing face coverings, be careful not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands immediately after removing.
  • Coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove their own mask.
  • Cloth face coverings should be machine-washed at home after each use with usual laundering practices.

For detailed instructions on how to use and make cloth masks, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf