The latest move by Anheuser-Busch perfectly upholds their slogan: Our World. Our Responsibility. The company just stopped production at its brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, to produce drinking water instead of beer for those affected by the floods in Texas and Oklahoma.
Already, the brewery has produced 50,000 cans of water for the American Red Cross. This is not the first time the Cartersville brewery has partnered with Red Cross to provide help for those in need – the brewery produces cans of water for emergency relief a few times a year. "It's something we're uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period," the brewery’s manager Rob Haas said.
According to NBC, the storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma this week have left at least 25 people dead, more than a dozen missing, and thousands of homes damaged.
Thankfully, this humanitarian act by Anheuser-Busch does not stand alone. Whole Foods has offered $1 million in zero-interest loans to flooded business in Austin. Google has donated $300,000 to flood recovery efforts. Whataburger has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross and is offering free meals to uniformed first responders at its New Braunfels, Kyle, and San Marcos locations until June 9. These companies have shown that it is not hard to give support to areas that have been hit by natural disasters, and those companies that have the means to help should follow suit.
Hopefully, with the help of enough industry leaders, Texas and Oklahoma can be rebuilt before the damage becomes permanent. Below are some links to donate to further this mission: