Breweries Put Beer on Hold to Deliver Drinking Water
CARTERSVILLE, GA — Trucks that normally haul Budweiser and Coors Light are delivering something much more important to the Gulf Coast: emergency drinking water.
Anheuser-Busch is sending three truckloads of water to the Gulf Coast from its brewery in Georgia, while MillerCoors has dispatched trucks from Virginia to Red Cross outposts across southeastern Texas. Together, the two breweries will deliver a combined 205,000 cans of safe, clean drinking water by the end of the week.
Anheuser-Busch says it halts production a few times a year at its Cartersville, Georgia brewery to produce canned drinking water. According to CBS News, Anheuser-Busch distributed more than 1 million cans in 2016 and has provided over 76 million cans of clean emergency drinking water since 1988.
MillerCoors, in partnership with can maker Ball Corporation, launched its own water program earlier this summer. The two companies have pledged to provide more than 2 million cans to Red Cross relief efforts over the next three years.
You don't have to be a big brewery to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Here are a few ways you can help by giving your time, money, or supplies:
- American Red Cross
- Austin Pets Alive! | 501C(3) collecting funds to support pets rescued during Hurricane Harvey
- Greater Houston Community Foundation | Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
- The Salvation Army
- Samaritan's Purse | Hurricane Harvey Fund
- Texas Diaper Bank | Providing diapers to infants, children, the elderly & disabled
It's always a good idea to use Charity Navigator to check out charities before you click "donate".
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