The holiday season is all about traditions and gifts. It’s also the time of year we are reminded of those in need. As the pandemic has taken its toll on so many in our region, Craig & Meredith Amick, founders of Hollow Creek Distillery decided they wanted one of their traditions to do more for their community.

This year, their annual Hot Chocolate Social will be more than a free cup of spirited cocoa. They’ve teamed up with The Blood Connection to host a blood drive. The drive will be held on Saturday, December 18th from 10 am to 3 pm, as part of the holiday gathering, that runs from 10 am to 7 pm.

Visitors are encouraged to visit to set up their appointment to donate. Once on the site, they can search for the drive-by location (Hollow Creek Distillery), or by sponsor code (7467) and set their appointment online. They can also visit Hollow Creek‘s Facebook page to scan the QR Code from the Blood Drive event page. Simply hold your mobile phone over the code while your camera app is open. The camera reads the code and directs donors to the appointment page where they can select a convenient time to visit Leesville for their set appointment. Drop-ins will also be accommodated, and registered donors will receive a $20 eGift Card from The Blood Connection.

As part of the annual Hot Chocolate Social, visitors are welcome to try the spirits produced on-site and enjoy a cup of cocoa dressed in their choice of Peppermint Moonshine, Sea Salt & Caramel Moonshine, White Hot Cinnamon Flavored Whiskey, High Cotton Bourbon, or even Hell Fire, the moonshine made with Caroline Reaper Pepper- for a spicey take on Hot Chocolate.

Santa will be on hand from 10 am to 1 pm to visit with children of all ages. Donating blood is a good way to secure your spot on his “Nice List” Stoney Creek Cigar will also be on-site selling hand-rolled cigars.

Additional information can be found on their Facebook page,

At Hollow Creek Distillery, we pour our pride and passion into every bottle we handcraft for your enjoyment. With roots measured in generations, we are guided by Faith, Family, and Hard Work. No shortcuts. No apologies.

C’mon in for a tasting, a tour, a tale and a bottle or two.

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