The Federal Emergency Management Agency delivered eight 55-gallon drums of hand sanitizer to Claremore First United Methodist Church Tuesday.

Now the church is trying to get that sanitizer out into the community.

The Rogers County Farmers Market and Claremore First Baptist have each claimed a drum of sanitizer for use and to distribute to the community. One drum, with a pump attached, will sit at the entrance of First United Methodist Church, where community members can pull up and refill their personal canisters.

Oklahoma Methodist Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Tim McHugh said five drums are still available for organizations with a large community reach to claim and distribute.

An anonymous company based in Ft. Smith donated the sanitizer.

According to the CDC, “Unless hands are visibly soiled, an alcohol-based hand rub is preferred over soap and water in most clinical situations due to evidence of better compliance compared to soap and water. Hand rubs are generally less irritating to hands and are effective in the absence of a sink.”

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