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Local distillery joins forces with veteran organizations to help the community

Posted at 5:44 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 19:44:14-04

POTOMAC — Distilleries across the state are shifting their operations to make hand sanitizer.

Steel Toe Distillery near Missoula is joining forces with veterans' organizations make deliveries.

Two nonprofits, and one local distillery, are teaming up to provide hand sanitizer to first responders across five Montana counties.

Christina Boch owns Steel Toe Distillery between Bonner and Potomac.

"If this is our part that we can do, we're more than happy to do it. It's for the safety of a lot of different people," says Boch.

The Bochs make the hand sanitizer, and Joint Operation Mariposa and United States of Hope are delivering the bottles across the state.

Sam Redfern is the United States Hope President and chairman and says this is a great time for veterans to serve.

"We said this is a time for veterans to rise up and serve Montana," said Redfern.

USOH is delivering to first responders, hospital workers, and veterans in Missoula, Ravalli, and Lake counties.

Joint Operation Mariposa President and Founder, David Williams says first responders in Sanders and Mineral counties currently have no hand sanitizer in their kits.

"We're really tight with these individuals in the community and we want to make sure they stay safe," said Williams

Redfern says they want to give people hope in a time of darkness.

"Thank you to those in the front lines, you're one of us on this virus, in this fight. We need to stand together. Montanans are going to beat this, we're tough people. We've beat harder things before, so we're going to beat this," said Redfern.

The organizations are also delivering gloves and masks to first responders and veterans