Beer maker Anheuser-Busch – the producer of Budweiser, Beck’s and other beers – will be sending 2,156 cases carrying 51,744 cans of drinking water to firefighters battling flames in the nation’s west.
From there, Columbia Distributing (one of he company’s distributors) will work with the American Red Cross and Chelan County Public Works to distribute the water in cans.
The statement adds that the company has donated more than 73 million cans of drinking water in the midst of natural and other disasters.
Providing this kind of aid has been a company tradition since 1906, when founder Adolphus Busch made a donation to the Red Cross for victims of the San Francisco earthquake.
The news follows the declaration of current wildfires in Washington being the largest in the state’s history. The Okanogan Complex of wildfires is currently covering at least 400 square miles, with 1,250 local, federal and even international firefighters combating the flames and evacuating residents as needed.