Bulk hand sanitizer sales to aid Arizona schools, other groups

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Tempe-based Phat Scooters and Scottsdale-based PurMD have teamed up to tackle the problem of price gouging, tapping into their resources and relationships to help others trying to purchase hand sanitizer.

Arizona residents can purchase a gallon of hand sanitizer next week and pick it up, curbside, at one of five event locations across the state. Each gallon of hand sanitizer will cost $47 ($1 off preorders online) with a limit of four gallons per family. You can place an order ahead of time online at www.WeGotYouCOVID.com.

If you are not able to make it to one of the event locations, and you live within a 6-mile radius, you can have the hand sanitizer delivered to you.

This was made possible after the two companies — with help from Precedo Capital — reached out to a family-owned whiskey distillery in Houston.

When COVID-19 hit, the distillery owners pivoted from their original plans to open and make whiskey and instead hired 30 furloughed bartenders to help bottle, package and distribute hand sanitizer in bulk. The two Arizona companies purchased 60,000 gallons of liquid hand sanitizer from the Houston distillery to make it available to the public at a pre-COVID-19 price ($0.37/ounce). They also agreed to give nearly 15% of hand sanitizer sales to Arizona schools, disabled veterans and nonprofit organizations.

A total of $7 from each gallon of hand sanitizer sold will be donated to Houston hospitals and residents, with $2.50 for Arizona school districts, $2.50 for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Foundation, $1 for Feeding America, and $1 to help food banks feed families across Arizona who are facing hunger during the COVID-19 crisis. The small business owners hope to raise more than $225,000 for local schools and nonprofit organizations and provide 500,000 meals for Arizonans in need.

Those looking for another way to give back can opt to purchase a gallon of hand sanitizer for the Navajo Nation, which has been struggling to combat COVID-19 due to a lack of clean, running water in many homes. After hearing about this opportunity to give back, representatives from Brophy College Preparatory reached out to join the effort in helping the Navajo Nation obtain hand sanitizer and other supplies.

Locations and Dates

The Porch, 1128 E. Baseline Road, Tempe: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, May 4

The Porch, 4017 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 5

Phat Scooters, 3220 S. Fair Lane, Suite 12, Tempe: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6

BASIS Charter School, 9902 W. Yearling Road, Peoria: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 7

Vora Financial Group, 14 E. Birch Ave., Flagstaff 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 8

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