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St. Petersburg Distillery helps community, out of work bartenders making hand sanitizers

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Posted at 4:08 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 00:30:24-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg Distillery is using hand sanitizer to help the community and hire out of work bartenders, waiters and waitresses.

"We're really happy that we have the ability to do this," said senior vice president Skip Ragan.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the country, stores are running out of essential items like hand sanitizer. Distilleries all over the state and country have started making their own.

Thanks to a partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg Distillery has donated over 100,000 bottles to people in the community.

Ragan says they've been able to bring in some revenue. They're selling sanitizer to businesses and for-profit senior living facilities.

"We're using the dollars we've gotten through our bulk sanitizers sells to give jobs to over 50 out of work bartenders," said Ragan.

They are also supporting local restaurants that are still open, by ordering lunch.

"It's been a win win for us," said Ragan.

The distillery also has sanitizer for sale for people who want to buy in bulk.

You can go to their website for information.