State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) recently secured the donation of large quantities of high quality hand sanitizer to distribute to local facilities in need, including the People’s Resource Center in Westmont and the Ray Graham Center for Children with Disabilities in Hinsdale.

“Some aid organizations are still having difficulty securing hand sanitizer or other essentials for their needs,” Rep. Mazzochi said, “I am grateful that Illinois’ small businesses like Advanced Filter Systems, a local company trying to innovate in this area, has been working hard to address those shortages.”

“When the pandemic began, our mission became clear; to manufacture the safest and most natural hand sanitizer possible,” said Advanced Filter Systems president Terry O’Malley. Their process removes a variety of impurities, such as sulfur, pesticides, and heavy metals to ensure that the repeated use of hand sanitizers does not lead to health issues.

Mazzochi noted that this hand sanitizer works particularly well for the Ray Graham facility which works with children with sensory issues and is less bothersome to the therapeutic animals.

Rep. Mazzochi was effusive in her praise of both the donation and the hardworking local aid organizations that support people in need. Mazzochi, who recently submitted legislation to support local manufacture of essential supplies, House Bill 5788, pointed to these and other efforts by local businesses who are “innovating to improve our communities and stepping up to help others through these difficult times.”

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