The American Red Cross thanks Anheuser-Busch for donating more than 51,000 cans of emergency canned drinking water to distribute to those without potable water in Ohio.
For the past several days, more than a half-million people in parts of Ohio and Michigan have not had public drinking water. Toxins from an algae bloom in Lake Erie have poisoned the regional drinking water supply. American Red Cross chapters in Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan set up free water distribution sites throughout the affected counties and have delivered water to the homebound. The Red Cross will distribute the water donated by Anheuser-Busch where it is most needed.
“Before, during and after disasters, Anheuser-Busch is a partner in our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “We are so grateful for their enduring commitment.”
Earlier this year, with a donation of $500,000, Anheuser-Busch Foundation became the first local member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) pledge donations on an ongoing basis in advance of major disasters. These donations ensure the Red Cross can respond to disasters of all sizes.
“Anheuser-Busch has been committed to building community resilience for more than 100 years,” said Margarita Flores, Vice President of Community Affairs for Anheuser-Busch. “We join the Red Cross in its efforts to prepare all corners of our country for emergencies -- big and small.”
In addition to the $500,000 gift for disaster services, Anheuser-Busch donated $250,000 this year to support Red Cross Blood Services, which collects and supplies 40 percent of the blood products used in the U.S.
Anheuser-Busch is a longtime supporter of the Red Cross with contributions dating back to 1906. Today, the company supports multiple Red Cross programs including serving as the founding sponsor of the Ready Rating™ program, a free online tool to help organizations of every size prepare for emergencies. A-B provides financial support when disasters strike, supports military families and, like today, the company supplies emergency drinking water in times of need. Anheuser-Busch has given more than 1 million cans of water to victims of disasters.
Locally, the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.
About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region:
Celebrating 97 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 66 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.
Anheuser-Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three key areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have committed more than $1 billion in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at its breweries 32 percent over the last 5 years and by 45.5 percent over the last 10 years. The company has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. Since 1997, Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have invested in local communities through donations of more than $530 million to charitable organizations. The company also has provided more than 72 million cans of drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since 1988. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.