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Breweries, distilleries making, donating sanitizer to frontline workers

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Posted at 8:40 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 08:44:00-04

VIRGINIA -- The Virginia Wineries Association announced they would be teaming up with breweries, distilleries, beer distributors, and cideries across the state to produce thousands of bottles of sanitizer, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The free sanitizer would go directly to the health and emergency response workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

George Hodson, President of the Virginia Wineries Association, said individually, many of these industries were already working toward this effort, but he said now by working together as a group, they can be even more productive.

"That’s kind of the biggest push behind a consortium like this, one winery, one distillery is not going to be able to take on the whole problem -- there’s just too much cost, there’s too much effort, there’s too much expertise required. But many hands make light work and the group effort is ultimately what makes it doable," said Hodson.

Hodson said Virginia wineries have seen an outpouring of support during the Covid-19 crisis, and so they’re glad to be able to return that support through this program.

Those looking to donate to this effort can do so by texting Heroes2 to 71777 or contacting the group through their website.