STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — South Shore businesses are doing their best to provide safe, sanitary environments for their customers.

The South Shore Business Improvement District (South Shore BID) announced Saturday that the nonprofit organization has purchased copious amount of hand sanitizer, as well as standing and hanging dispensers, for local businesses.

“The BID is here to help businesses in our district in any way possible,” said Gary Fleming, president of The South Shore BID. “Hand sanitizer has become the new normal, unfortunately, and we hope that by distributing these items we can help businesses that haven’t been able to purchase stations or sanitizer because of the high demand, and also make patrons feel safer when visiting a business in our district.”

Businesses involved with the South Shore BID will be able to choose either a standing or hanging dispensers and will also receive a free gallon of hand sanitizer, allowing them to put the new dispensers to immediate use.

The South Shore BID currently has 125 dispensers available, but is prepared to supply additional dispensers if necessary.

This isn’t the first time the South Shore BID has helped local businesses throughout the pandemic, with the organization partnering with Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) earlier this year to provide 5,000 masks to Staten Island businesses.

For South Shore BID members interested in applying to receive stations and sanitizer, visit