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Anheuser-Busch Sent 300,000 Cans of Water to Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence inches closer to the coast, people affected by the storm will soon be greeted by ice-cold cans provided by Anheuser-Busch. 

And we’re not talking about Budweisers. 

Anheuser-Busch announced Wednesday it has sent six truckloads of emergency canned drinking water to local communities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. That’s more than 300,000 cans of water.

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The canned water will ship from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Cartersville, Georgia. Once the cans reach the aforementioned areas, the American Red Cross, the South Carolina National Guard and other local partners will then distribute the water to those in need.

“Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help when disasters strike,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch, in a press release.

Anheuser-Busch has worked with the American Red Cross since 1988, providing more than 79 million cans of water to U.S. communities affected by natural disasters

“For the last 30 years, we have been working with the American Red Cross and our wholesaler partners to provide clean, safe drinking water for communities hit by natural disasters,” Doukeris said. 

For instance, in 2017, Anheuser-Busch provided almost 3 million cans of emergency drinking water to areas hit by natural disasters in Texas, Florida, Georgia and California.

Doukeris also says that the beer company made a commitment to expand their capacity to provide clean, safe drinking water for disaster relief at their Fort Collins Brewery, as well. 

“Today, we are pleased to deliver on that promise, doubling our production capacity to help our fellow Americans in times of need,” he said.

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Anheuser-Busch isn’t the only beer company donating in this time of need, however.

MillerCoors donated 200,000 cans of water. The 80 pallets will be shipped from its brewery in Shenandoah, Virginia. 

“We hope this water donation provides some relief and comfort to residents and first responders in Hurricane Florence’s path,” said Karina Diehl, MillerCoors’ senior director for national community affairs, in a press release. “It’s a MillerCoors priority to do our part in helping the communities where our consumers, employees and distributors call home.”

Charlotte, North Carolina, brewery Blue Blaze Brewing has also donated water. According to local news station WCNC, Blue Blaze Brewing filled their tanks with fresh, filtered water. 

“We also have some kegs cleaned and sanitized on standby ready to fill with water should anyone with draft systems need water, too,” a representative of Blue Blaze said.

The Category 1 storm made landfall earlier this morning in North Carolina. According to Fortune, it’s expected to cause $27 billion in damages. 

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