Today, on the eve of Armed Forces Day, the American Red Cross is recognizing the Anheuser-Busch Foundation for its generous commitment of $500,000 to the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Giving Program (SAFGP). This is the largest financial gift by a corporate partner to SAFGP. Members of SAFGP enable the Red Cross to serve military personnel, including active duty, National Guard and Reserves, as well as veterans.
Anheuser-Busch is no stranger to the American Red Cross. Their partnership stretches back more than 110 years to the San Francisco Fires of 1906, and their commitment has touched each line of service, from bulk donations of water during disaster; to training employees in lifesaving; running blood drives; and, now, helping to provide critical services and support to service members, veterans and their families.
The Anheuser-Busch and American Red Cross partnership has been invaluable over the decades:
· Anheuser-Busch and their employees generously activate their emergency water program in response to large-scale disasters. Since 1988, they have donated over 80 million cans of emergency drinking water to support communities in need following disasters.
· Anheuser-Busch has provided preparedness and lifesaving training to nearly 16,000 employees.
· Since 1986, Anheuser-Busch has hosted nearly 1,000 blood drives, collecting over 40,000 units of blood – an amount of blood that equates to saving up to 120,000 lives.
· The Anheuser-Busch Foundation also makes very generous financial contributions to the Red Cross mission. Over the years, The Anheuser-Busch Foundation has donated more than $18 million to support vital Red Cross services across the country.
Today’s contribution is the largest financial gift given by a corporate partner to the Service to the Armed Forces mission. It allows the Red Cross to continue to care for our service members, their families, and veterans from the day they enlist, throughout their military careers and long after they return home.
The American Red Cross provides support to more than 2 million members of the military, 22.4 million veterans, and their families – around the clock and around the world. A special thanks to the generous supporters who make this possible.