Northeast Arc Engages Distiller to Make Hand Sanitizer
March 30, 2020 The Northeast Arc, a Danvers nonprofit that supports 15,000 people with developmental disabilities, last week engaged a Massachusetts distiller to produce a batch of hand sanitizer following its disappearance from store shelves in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and then provided it to other nonprofits across the state.
Craig Whelton, chief development officer at Northeast Arc reached out to Tobacco Road Distillers in Southwick to learn if the company would be able to produce a batch of hand sanitizer to support the nonprofit.
Seeing an opportunity to keep their staff employed while meeting a critical need, the owners of the distillerySergio Bonavita, .Pete Costella, and Dave DelMontequickly agreed to the request. After sourcing the right materials and producing the hand sanitizer, the three owners delivered the much sought-after liquid to the Northeast Arcs Black Box Theater in Peabody this past Saturday.
Knowing several other nonprofit service providers to be in great need of sanitizer, Northeast Arc agreed to purchase the entire batch – 630 of the 64-oz. jugs. Northeast Arc then started contacting organizations across Massachusetts, which came by yesterday and today to collect some of the jugs.
Among those collecting sanitizer from Northeast Arc were:
The Arc of Bristol County in Attleboro
The Arc of Opportunity in North Central Massachusetts, Fitchburg
The Arc of South Norfolk, Westwood
Beaverbrook STEP, Watertown
Berkshire County Arc, Pittsfield
The Evergreen Center, Milford
Fidelity House and Career Resource Center, Lawrence
Plummer Youth Promise, Salem
Road to Responsibilities, Marshfield
United Arc, Turners Falls
Tobacco Road Distillers is one of about 12 distillers that agreed last week to produce hand sanitizer after the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau gave permission, and issued guidelines, to already permitted distillers to make the product.
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