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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area


Contra Costa Regional Medical and Health Centers appreciates the thoughtful interest of those making donations for our patients. Please follow these guidelines and procedures when purchasing and /or referring persons for donations. We gladly accept donations throughout the year.


  • Magazine subscriptions or gently used magazines for all ages (English and Spanish)
  • New reading glasses (all strengths)
  • Warm Weather Items (Seasonal) – New or Handmade – gloves, scarves, and hats for our adult homeless patients
  • Art supplies need to be non-toxic (packaged 16 or less)
  • Comfort Packs – Assemble comforting travel packs for family members, with travel size lotion, deodorant, combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shaving items, tissue, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Layette and Pillow Projects - Special Projects Wish Lists


  • Magazines may not be older than 6 months from the publication date.
  • All donations of children's books, magazines, movies, and library materials may be new or gently used. Violent, sexual, or religious content will not be accepted.
  • Donors should not expect to deliver their donations personally to the patients due to privacy and safety of our patients.
  • Due to infection control policies, we are unable to accept used or previously owned stuffed animals.
  • If stored, all donations must have been in areas away from contact with mold, mildew, and cigarette smoke. Items should not be stored in trash bags; however, you may place your donations in them for delivery purposes.
  • Please do not gift wrap any donations.
  • Many of our patients have restricted diets; therefore, food and candy cannot be distributed.

Monetary Donations

  • All checks should be made payable to CCRMC Auxiliary with a memo stating it is for the use of (i.e. Layette, Cancer Fund, Patient Care, Art of Health & Healing, Volunteer Appreciation, etc.)
  • Donation forms can be obtained from the CCRMC Gift Shop. All monetary donations should be reflected on the form in addition to purchased and handmade items.

Thank you for your consideration in making a donation!

Donations can be mailed Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Volunteer Office, 2500 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553. Donations can be dropped off at the Helping Hands Gift Shop (same address).

Please fill out a donation slip when you bring your donation.

Please contact us at 925-370-5440 if you have any questions about donations or if you need more information about delivering your donation.