COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.
In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.
Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.
This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.
This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.
With all of this in mind, let's take a look at Colorado Gold Distilling which, over the past two months has made the transition to include the production of hand sanitizer on the roster of liquids that they create and is working to keep Colorado Springs safe and sanitized.
The Springs local distillery is geared towards high production and have been pumping out massive amounts of the hand-cleaning solution.
"It seemed like not a far leap to [asking], why don't we help people out and go ahead and make sanitizer out of this? [We can help] people out while at the same time utilizing what we have here," said head distiller Mike Almy.
The company now has contracts in several states, including here, meaning that sanitizer is flowing out to meet a need and help to keep people safe.
In addition to beginning to produce sanitizer, Colorado Gold has also been giving away large amounts of the product locally as well as offering discounted prices to local businesses that need it.
"Really what we're trying to do is help out locally and expand that reach as much as we can," Almy continued.
"We're doing what we can do, a lot of people are doing things. I hope just as a community we're all trying to do things for each other," finished founder and president Peter Caciola.
During the last weekend of May, the distillery plans to distribute $10,000 worth of hand sanitizer, one bottle at a time at their business location.
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