Tito's Vodka to gave out 27,000 bottles of free hand sanitizer at Minute Maid Park

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Tito's Handmade Vodka teaming up with Houston Astros to give out free sanitizer
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If you haven't been able to find sanitizer, get to the ballpark! These bottles look like vodka, but please don't drink them!

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas-based Tito's Handmade Vodka teamed up with the Houston Astros to hand out 27,000 bottles of free sanitizer to the community Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

The venue's parking lot hosted the five-hour, drive-thru event.

The event also handed out replica trophies from the team's 2019 AL Championship win to the first 1,000 vehicles.

Like many alcohol companies, Tito's pivoted its production to hand sanitizer as early as March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tito's, headquartered in Austin, said it has donated sanitizer to frontline workers at over 500 organizations across Central Texas and 30 states, and now they're targeting that help to the Houston community.

But they aren't the only ones.

MKT Distillery has created sanitizer stored in a signature bottle.

CEO Nick Jessett has given it to other owners, customers and law enforcement members for free.

Jessett said he got the idea in March and contacted other distillers for help. "They stopped and gave me their full recipe," Jessett recalled. "That was surprising."

If first responders need a bottle of sanitizer, all they need to do is contact MKT for a free container at cheers@mktdistillery.com.

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