Helping Our Community’s Most Vulnerable Remain Germ-Free
Almost 72 bottles of liquid hand sanitizer have been distributed to Cochrane doorsteps over the past five days.
CIR Real Estate Agent, Kendra Watt of the Kendra Watt Real Estate Group, shares her team was in discussion with how to help residents, when something caught her eye at a local store. “Last week I saw that Canadian Tire had some 5-gallon pails of hand sanitizer for sale for 249 dollars. My first thought was ‘yay, finally,’ and my second thought was at that size, and that cost, it wouldn’t overly help our community. But the more I thought about it, I decided I needed to find a way to get this much needed product into the hands of those that need it the most. So, I purchased a pail, and we searched high and low for bottles to divide it up into.”
After finding 250mL spray bottles online, Watt says her team worked together to quickly bottle and distribute to local individuals/families. “We did this free of charge and as a community service to ensure the health of everyone, especially for those who are most vulnerable.”
Posting on social media, Watt shares the response was a bit overwhelming. “People were relieved to see this product available again in some way finally. While we don’t want to deny anyone, we wanted this first round to go towards people that really need it. If you are not truly in need at this moment, then we prefer you don’t request it at this time. I want to make sure it gets into the hands of the most vulnerable people in the community, those who are immune-compromised or otherwise at risk.”
With the demand being so high, Watt says she will do her best to offer another round of bottled hand sanitizer shortly again. “Once this high-risk group is covered off, I will try to get my hands on some more to distribute more freely. It’s not easy to find, and it’s expensive to bottle, so I have to put some limits on it, unfortunately.”
While Watt and her team are still working from home, they remain sensitive to the stress many residents are feeling. While real estate transactions are still taking place, Watt shares this is a time to focus on community and keeping #CochraneTogether. “My philosophy has always been community-based. In order to be a successful business owner you have to be a good community member, and support those who support you. As a public figure, I’m in a position where I have a large network and a long reach, so I always try to use that advantage to promote local initiatives, and sometimes that means creating opportunities when I see them.”
Reaching out to the manufacturer, Watt says the company is only providing product to front line workers for now, but she will keep checking in.
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