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May 27, 2020
 
Northeast Arc Engages Distiller to Make Hand Sanitizer
Northeast Arc
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 distillery—Sergio Bonavita, .Pete Costella, and Dave DelMonte—quickly 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 Arc’s 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
  • Communitas, Wakefield
  • The Evergreen Center, Milford
  • Fidelity House and Career Resource Center, Lawrence
  • Guidewire, Springfield
  • 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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