The office operations person at my agency is tasked with finding sufficient masks, sanitzer, and sanitizing wipes for our building staff and for staff who transport clients or who visit clients in their homes. She has networked with her counterparts at other human service centers to find supplies. Hand sanitizer has been hard to come by, and they have turned to local distilleries in Fargo and in our community that are making it by the gallon. She and the other office managers have a Pony Express type of delivery chain, meeting one another at county lines and regional boundaries for deliveries and pick up. She said it feels like they are hauling moonshine and doing something illegal. I like the image of the transfer of distillery products into State vehicles.
Today she sent an email saying that we should come and get some distillery sanitizer, but since it smelled so strongly alcoholic we had to put essential oils in it, as the raw odor could trigger some of our addiction clients into relapse. I went down to her office to get some and put some lavender oil in it. She was right about the odor. Pineapple essential oil would make it smell like a pina colada! She told me that when she and another business office staff member were pouring it out of the distillery jugs into smaller bottles, they inhaled a lot of the fumes and it got all over their hands and was absorbed into their skin. She said they both got red in the face and kind of goofy before they knew what was happening.
It is heartening to see how people here are pulling together to solve problems and help, even if it means spraying moonshine all over the place.
What have you seen people do lately to pull together and make things better? Have you ever been to a distillery?