Anheuser-Busch, one of the prime beer manufacturers in the USA have shut down their operations in Cartersville, Georgia.
The company, famous for brands like Stella Artois and Budweiser has partnered with the American Red Cross to truck cans of drinking water to areas in Louisiana and Texas which were affected by Harvey.
“Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations,” Anheuser-Busch Vice President of Community Affairs Bill Bradley said in a press release.
Around 30,000 people were herded into temporary shelters and ABC news spoke of a possible 450,000 regional victims in the Hurricane that struck on Saturday.
This is not the first time the company has shown such philanthropy, however. They provided more than 76 million cans of drinking water since 1988. In 2016 alone they shipped emergency drinking water to California during wildfires, flooded Louisiana areas, and during Hurricane Matthew.
MillerCoors, another brewery, based in Chicago, has also collaborated with the Red Cross to send drinking water to affected areas. It has shipped 50,000 cans of drinking water from its Shenandoah, Virginia brewery.
It is often said that a common natural enemy or disaster brings a collective human will to help in. Like the White Walkers from HBO’s hit drama Game of Thrones uniting (almost) all the houses of Westeros, Hurricane Harvey too seems to have brought a lot of entities together in a mass attempt to rescue and help.
CNBC has released an extensive list of all the companies donating to charities to help mitigate the wake of this disaster.
Bayer will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross and $100,000 to Direct Relief. Facebook is matching up to $1 million in donated funds that will go to the Centre for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.
They say human will can beat the worst of odds. Maybe this too shall pass.