UPDATING: Local Companies Giving Back

May 21, 2020

    Local companies are doing what they can to help the community as COVID-19 spreads throughout New York. 

    Black Button Distilling is changing it's its operation to begin manufacturing ethanol-based hand sanitizers to be distributed to doctor's offices, hospitals and other at-risk communities and facilities in the Rochester area. The hand sanitizer will be packaged in Black Button's 750ml glass bottles and will not be sold to the general public. Black Button will be in need of additional pump dispensers as production begins.

    Any interested businesses or facilities who may be considered high risk such as daycares, fire stations and homeless shelters, should reach out to cheers@blackbuttondistilling.com for possible distribution. 

    Jimmy Z's of Brockport took some time to reach out to the community with some extra supplies they had laying around. Owner, Jimmy Zisovski, was able to secure 160 rolls of toilet paper and an abundance of macaroni salad to distribute to community members outside of his establishment on this past Tuesday. By limiting the quantity he gave out per household, he was able to make a bigger impact.

    Hadlock's House of Paint of Victor recieved a shipment of N-95 masks the same day Cuomo ordered to cut staff by 50%. The pallet arrived wrapped in plastic and contained 6,400 masks which is equal to an eight-year supply for his store and distribution business. Wanting to pay it forward, owner Terry Dacey donated all the masks to Foodlink and Rochester General Hospital. Dacey's family opened the paint store 99 years ago, as a third-generation owner he is happy to have been able to help the community this way in such a chaotic time. 

    O'Begley's Distillery of Dundee was asked by the U.S Postal Service to convert their production of liquor to make hand sanitizer for the protection of dedicated postal workers during the pandemic. They are excited to help during this time and have converted all of their production to the effort.

    Hickey-Freeman, a local clothing company stepped up to help sew masks after Rochester General Hospital reached out to them about their low supply. The company originally layed off their employees but is now calling them back in to work on this major project. They are currently utilizing a small staff for now as they continue to practice appropriate distancing while working. Nearly 1,400 masks have been made with the goal of making hundreds of thousands for the hospital, which uses about 15,000 masks daily. 

    Iron Smoke Distillery have turned their production efforts to hand sanitizer from whiskey. More than 9,000 gallons have already been produced with an expectation of about 15,000 gallons to be made per week. It will be distributed by Rochester Midland Corporation. 

    Rochester Red Wings are donating 300,000 medical grade gloves to area medical personnel and first responders. The Wings' Food and Beverage department recently made the purchase to use over the next couple of years but with the season being pushed back, they wanted to do their part to help out the community.

    Remax Realty Group came together and raised over $7,000 to show their appreciation to all of the local medical professionals and support staff. They are in the process of coordinating deliveries of meals, snacks, and coffee. Their intent is to be able to cover all the local and outlying hospitals and shift schedules. The goal is to let them know there are so many of us thinking of them and the sacrifices they are making to keep the rest of the community healthy, and hopefully this can lift their spirits too.  


    If you know of any more local companies helping out the community, let us know HERE!