Shout Out to Yankee Ingenuity in these Disjointed Times

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Hand sanitizers have been missing from the shelves of the local grocery and pharmacy stores for several weeks now, depriving vulnerable populations of access to this important commodity.  Realizing that they could help fill that void, four Montgomery County distilleries, two wineries and one compounder pharmacist have abandoned making beverages and began making 85 percent proof alcohol that's needed for producing hand sanitizer.

The Montgomery County police officers and staff at the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation got the first batch of locally made hand sanitizer. The four area distilleries, two wineries and one compounder/pharmacist are working together to produce 300 gallons of hand sanitizer each week. The  county police, fire and rescue services, health and human services, department of correction and rehabilitation, county sheriff's office and Montgomery County Department of Transportation will be sharing in this new source of hand sanitizer.

This is a great story of people coming together to support Montgomery County's first responders and collectively protect county residents.  Department of General Services Chief Operating Officer Jamie Cooke said batches will be made every week and delivered to "public-facing" county employees.

Once the public facing county employees are protected,  the hand sanitizer product will be shared with local hospitals and other county organizations.

Participating distilleries are:

  • Twin Valley Distillers – Rockville, MD
  • MISCellaneous Distillery – Mt Airy, MD
  • McClintock Distillery – Frederick, MD
  • Lost Arc Distilling Company – Columbia, MD

Participating wineries are:

  • Black Ankle Vineyards – Mt Airy, MD
  • Windridge Vineyards – Darnestown, MD

Participating pharmacy is:

  • Vashan Compounding Pharmacy – Gaithersburg, MD

This is just one example of how people and businesses are working together to protect the public service sector and other people who are particularly vulnerable during this health crisis.  People across America are making similar contributions! Thanks!





Comments (18)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lise... Yankee ingenuity, American ingenuity... whatever you call it... we Americans always figure out a way!

Mar 29, 2020 05:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Lise Howe - that is what is happening all over.  Americans coming together.

Mar 29, 2020 06:40 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Lise. It is great when companies and peoplestep up. Bravo.

Mar 29, 2020 07:10 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lise Howe people taking care of people....

Mar 29, 2020 07:12 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We now have a new Baby Shark video to help us wash our hands !!!!

Mar 29, 2020 07:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


These stories are what we should be focus on rather than the negative ones.  These are what keeps hope alive.  A

Mar 29, 2020 09:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise,  As long as they do not run out of liquor, but this is a good cause that they are doing.  Hope you are staying safe.


Mar 29, 2020 09:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is good to see that these businesses are responding to the current needs.

Now, where in the source for toilet paper home delivery?

Mar 29, 2020 09:40 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lise I have read a number of stories like this, and I am happy it is going on in your area as well.

Mar 29, 2020 11:14 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Good for them, that is a great idea and I am glad they are doing it for people in your area.  I have never been a sanitizer kind of guy, soap and water has always been my go-to.

Mar 29, 2020 02:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Seeing businesses come together to respond to this crisis and provide for the common good shows that we are ALL in this together. 

Mar 29, 2020 03:26 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise Howe ,

love this post! We need to hear more of these good things that people and companies are doing to help each other in these extraordinary times! So glad that Brian England re-blogged. Hope to see it featured!

Mar 29, 2020 03:32 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you for sharing such a positive story about your community and about your local businesses.  It really is heart warming. 

Mar 29, 2020 04:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lise- this is when my heart swells with pride for the wonderful people of the world. We too have a local vodka distillery that is making hand sanitizer. 

Mar 29, 2020 07:02 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Lise.

I was told by a pharmacist, if you use at least 80-100 proof vodka and aloe gel, at a mixture of 2 to 1 parts alcohol to gel, that will do the job

Mar 30, 2020 01:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

What a GREAT story! This is the best one I heard yet! We are out of hand sanitizer too. There is NONE to be found! I have searched in vain since this all began. The only people I occasionally see using it are the store clerks. It's not available here either. I decided to make my own but can't get RUBBING  alcohol either! I did manage to get aloe gel. I'm going to try James' recipe and see if I can get 80-100 proof vodka!

Your counties came up with an excellent solution! Next time I'm out I'm going to take a copy of your story with me and ask to speak to the manager. Enough is enough with were out. Time for solutions! I hope you get FEATURED!!!

Mar 30, 2020 06:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lise:

The same is happening here - just bought a bottle from Pacific Coast Spirits in Oceanside and did a post about it. Love how so many are helping however they can!

Enjoy your weekend at home!


Apr 03, 2020 04:20 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Jeff Dowler, CRS There is so much energy and creativity going on - a real reminder of what makes this country great

Apr 04, 2020 05:35 AM