FARGO — The North Dakota AFL-CIO in partnership with the Minnesota Nurses Association and other groups is holding a collection drive this weekend to secure N95 masks and protective equipment that will be handed out to nurses in North Dakota hospitals who need such items to battle the coronavirus threat.

Donations of N95 masks and other protective gear will be accepted from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Fargo-Moorhead Labor Temple.

A similar collection is planned for noon to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, in the MNA office of the Bismarck House of Labor, 1323 E. Front Ave., in Bismarck.

Items being requested include new and in-packaging certified N95 masks from health care or construction settings, new and unused Tyvek/hazmat suits, safety goggles, latex-free gloves, electric respirators and powered air-purifying respirators, also called PAPRs.

Besides the North Dakota AFL-CIO and MNA, other organizations involved in the collection include North Dakota Building Trades Unions; West Area Labor Council/Red River Valley; Northern Plains United Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Red River Building Trades Council.

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