We've heard a lot of stories over the past couple of weeks of people not being able to get items from the stores. I'm talking about toilet paper, soap, food items, and - a rather big one - hand sanitizer. We've also heard stories of major distilleries in other states modifying their process of work to produce hand sanitizer (apparently, the process of making liquor and making hand sanitizer is somewhat similar, so it's not super difficult to make that switch - that's all I've heard, I'm no expert, so don't quote me on this).

So, here's where these two stories go hand-in-hand.

Front Porch Distillery, just outside of Nacogdoches, made the announcement via Facebook that beginning today, they are handing out free hand sanitizer there at the distillery. That location is 7905 S US HWY 59, Nacogdoches, TX. This was the information from the post on Friday:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT 🔉 Please share & tag

❗️Beginning Monday March 23rd - we will have HAND SANITIZER available for FREE. We are asking that you bring your own dispenser or container to fill, and that you leave enough for the next person. You can always give us a call to see if we’re here 936.564.3999 - We are a working facility so we are usually here business hours Mon-Sat and sometimes on Sunday.

In accordance with Gov. Abbott we have canceled all events March 21st-April 3rd. Brunch & Bloody Mary tickets will be refunded today. We look forward to bringing you guys some great events in April!

We also have curbside pickup available for bottle sales 936.564.3999

And, on Sunday, there was an update posted, also via Facebook. This was the update:

An update for tomorrow’s hand sanitizer pickup:

- We are turning it into a drive-thru for everyone’s safety
- We are asking you bring travel size containers so we can fill them with sanitizer and so that we will have plenty for the community
- Pickup hours will be between 8-5pm tomorrow at our address:
7905 S US HWY 59
Nacogdoches, TX

This is a really cool story, right here in Deep East Texas, of our neighbors helping each other out in a difficult time. Well done, Front Porch Distillery!