If you thought hand sanitizer was an easy purchase, Linda Berry Smith says think again. She spent part of Thursday picking up 12 bottles of disinfectant to hand out to struggling patients at Good Samaritan Free Health Center in Price Hill.
Many of those patients struggle to afford food, let alone soap and protective equipment, Berry Smith explained. Many more lack access to consistent transportation, making trips to the store difficult at the best of times.
So she was relieved to hear from Castle and Key, a Frankfort distillery donating 9,000 bottles of its hand sanitizer to cities in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.
“This is going to touch a lot of hands and go to great use,” she said of her haul on Thursday. “The pandemic is going to be with us through the winter.”
Ben Klayer, who works for Santa Maria Community Services, has been working to distribute the hand sanitizer to nonprofits that need it, including Healthy Moms and Babies and the Catholic community group Friars Club.
“A lot of these nonprofits have really been trying to keep their services going during the pandemic, and so by being able to take some of these hand sanitizers, they’re able to do that,” he said.