In the face of an unprecedented health crisis, the Minnesota distilling community is banding together to help those in need. Led by Tattersall Distilling, DuNord Craft Spirits and Brother Justus Whiskey, companies across the state are uniting and combining resources to get sanitizer into the hands of Minnesota’s vital organizations and businesses on the pandemic front lines.
Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a CDC-approved method of preventing the transmission of pathogens, including coronavirus. Particularly important in settings where hand washing with soap and water is impractical or impossible, hand sanitizer plays a critical role in reducing the spread of coronavirus.
Gallons of Sanitizer Provided
In order to maximize public health impact, we have chosen to prioritize organizations that comprise of and serve people most at risk of spreading the coronavirus. Guided by public health principles we are targeting people in our communities who are housed in densely populated conditions, people who come in contact with large numbers of people and are unable to social distance, and other essential workers.
All Hands Sanitizer is now available in 32 oz. bottles at Hy-Vee, Cub Foods, Kowalski’s Markets and Lunds & Byerlys locations across Minnesota. Proceeds from the sale of each bottle are being donated to fund one million meals through Second Harvest Heartland.
Our goal: Donate 65% of the sanitizer we produce free of charge for organizations in need.
To do so, at least 35% of the total production needs to cover the cost of materials needed to make All Hands sanitizer. Together, we can produce about 35,000 32 oz. bottles per week.
We’re working with the State of Minnesota to help cover the cost of this program, but in the meantime, we’re asking those who can pay to help fund organizations that can’t, including homeless shelters and other important non-profits. If you can’t pay, please let us know your immediate and ongoing needs and we’ll get you product as quickly as we can.
The sanitizer comes in 1-gallon and 32 oz. spray bottles — the sanitizer is liquid and most efficient when sprayed. If you already have spray bottles and can take jugs, that helps us serve more people.
With a $20 donation, we can provide one gallon of sanitizer to an organization on the frontlines of this pandemic. If you’re able to donate, you can help make sure this remains free for those who need it most.
It takes a lot to produce and distribute sanitizer at this scale, we’re grateful for everyone involved, including:
We’re not alone in our efforts. Vikre Distillery, Far North Spirits, Copperwing Distillery, Loon Liquor and J.Carver Distillery have also been producing and distributing sanitizer. Visit their sites to learn more about their efforts to help the community.
Blue Cross Blue Shield MN and Allina health have asked volunteers to start making masks for medical workers because they are running short on supply. Instructions for how to make them and where to drop them off at various MN hospitals and clinics are here.
The Sheridan Story is partnering with over 31 districts in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin to provide food at these distribution points. These districts include over 87,000 kids on free or reduced lunch, which accounts for 30% of all such students in the state.
Open Arms of Minnesota is currently providing medically tailored and shelf stable foods to people living with life threatening illnesses who often also have compromised immune systems. They are in need of donations and are adding new volunteer shifts.
United Way is raising funds via the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. 100% of donations to the fund go directly into community to provide immediate support to those affected.
St. Stephens Human Services is asking for donations of frozen meals for its emergency shelters. St. Stephens asks that donors coordinate drop-off in advance. Meals, as well as hand sanitizer, hand soap, disinfecting wipes, paper towels and toilet paper can be dropped off at 2309 Nicollet Ave.
Help At Your Door provides services for seniors and people with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities metro area. This can include help with grocery shopping and storage, home cleaning and repair, and transportation.
Help Second Harvest Heartland supply those in Minnesota and western Wisconsin facing hunger and accept donations.
Emma Norton Services, which provides housing and care to women, children, and families experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and chemical dependency, needs cleaning supplies, diapers, full sized personal care products, and financial donations to keep operating its supportive housing in a safe manner.
Loaves and Fishes is keeping its food service sites open during the pandemic. Just $2.50 can mean a meal for someone in need.
Residents at Jones-Harrison, a senior residence near Cedar Lake, aren’t able to participate in group activities or have visitors during the pandemic. The facility is requesting donations like magazines, books, crafting materials, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, CD players with speakers, sudoku and crossword puzzle books, and coloring books. The front desk will accept donations.
Community Emergency Assistance Programs is a community-based non-profit providing help for low-income families and individuals, seniors and adults with disabilities. This includes emergency boxes of non-perishable and fresh food that can feed a family of four for up to two weeks, and frozen meals for seniors through its Meals on Wheels program. A $50 donation covers the cost of food for a family of four for two weeks; a $70.60 covers two weeks of frozen meals for seniors through Meals on Wheels. Donations can be made here.
The Animal Humane Society says it is closing to the public and ending animal adoptions at least through May 2. Many animals were adopted before shelters closed but many more are expected as strays and other animals that have to be surrendered due to an emergency will still be accepted. You can donate to the Humane Society here.
Another way to search for volunteer opportunities is through the HandsOn Twin Cities database. There is a section on its website with opportunities specific to the needs created by the outbreak. The site also has an option for posting new volunteer opportunities as well as an opportunity for nonprofits to create their own profiles in the database.
ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS
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