Ryan Ridgway, operations manager for 3twenty Modular, with the some of the hand sanitizer the business donated to community organizations on Friday in Saskatoon, SK. Provided: Bryan McCrea / Saskatoon

USask unites: Alumni-owned company donates hand sanitizer to community organizations

Since the first cases of COVID-19 were announced in the province, members of the USask community have come together to support one another in these uncertain times.

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While hand sanitizer is a hot commodity as people try to curb the spread of COVID-19, USask alumni Bryan McCrea (BComm'09) and Evan Willoughby (BE'10) were pretty sure they wouldn’t need $8,000 worth.

The pair, co-founders of Saskatoon-based modular structure manufacturer 3twenty Modular, were told by a supplier that they could only order hand sanitizer wholesale, as reported by the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

On Friday, 3twenty donated most of their 720 litre order to organizations, long-term care homes and the city’s two community hubs, locations where a handful of non-profits are working together to deliver services.

“We only needed a little bit for our operations but that was the minimum order,” McCrea said. “I said, ‘Well there’s a bunch of people that need it, so let’s take a bit for ourselves and just donate the rest.'”

McCrea said he was happy to the community come together so quickly — a post on the company’s Facebook page asking where sanitizer was needed the most racked up comments and Custom Courier offered to deliver the donations for free.

“It certainly showed the need for support from businesses and everybody and that was the one thing,” he said. “I also thought it was really interesting how quickly people hopped on board and said here’s who might need it.”

3twenty isn’t the only local business stepping up to provide hand sanitizer as access to large quantities becomes increasingly challenging.

Last week, Lucky Bastard Distillers and Stumbletown Distilling joined alcohol manufacturers across Canada in turning their still into emergency hand sanitizer production facilties.

Article originally published on https://thestarphoenix.com/.

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