The Can’d Aid Foundation was formed as an immediate response to the massive flooding that devastated Oskar Blues Brewery’s hometowns of Lyons and Longmont, Colo., in September 2013. Since then, the foundation has raised more than $3.4 million to support its philanthropy efforts including donating over one million cans of water to communities post-disaster, building 1,164 bicycles, donating 346 instruments and recycling the equivalent of 17.6 million cans.
Now Hurricane Florence, rated a Category 2 hurricane, is approaching the Carolina coasts and residents are preparing to hunker down for what the National Weather Service is estimating to be catastrophic flash flooding and tropical-storm-force winds. In response, the Can’d Aid Foundation in partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery and Ball Corp. have sent 22 pallets of water to support relief efforts. In a natural disaster, clean drinking water is oftentimes difficult to come across. An initial 52,800 cans of fresh drinking water will arrive in the area this week. Oskar Blues Brewery will again shut down brewing operations at their Longmont, Colorado, facility next week to can additional water to support ongoing relief efforts.
To get ahead of hurricane season, Can’d Aid & OBB worked to can 27 pallets/64,800 cans of water so they could respond as quickly as possible once news of a pending storm broke. The first truckload of canned water will arrive in North Carolina on Friday, September 14.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Long Beverage will distribute the water to local organizations and city entities once need has been determined. In Farmville, North Carolina, Coastal Beverage will distribute the water to local organizations and city entities once need has been determined.