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ORLANDO, FLORIDA - MARCH 05: Purell hand sanitizer is used during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 05, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The man who’s at the center of an investigation into price gouging of hand sanitizer just donated all of his 17,700 bottles.  Matt Colvin gave 2/3 to a local TN church, and officials from the TN attorney general’s office took the other 1/3.  According to The Hill, “Colvin and his brother Noah Colvin purchased thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packs of antibacterial wipes at stores large and small in Kentucky and Tennessee beginning March 1, the day after the first coronavirus death in the United States was announced.”

He sold 300 bottles on Amazon at a gigantic markup but had gotten the rest pulled by Amazon with a warning they could be suspended for price gouging.

“I’ve been buying and selling things for 10 years now. There’s been hot product after hot product. But the thing is, there’s always another one on the shelf,” Colvin told the Times. “When we did this trip, I had no idea that these stores wouldn’t be able to get replenished.”

“It was never my intention to keep necessary medical supplies out of the hands of people who needed them,” he continued. “That’s not who I am as a person. And all I’ve been told for the last 48 hours is how much of that person I am.”