The Anheuser-Busch Foundation is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts for victims of last week’s Southern tornadoes.
The devastating line of thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the midsection of the United States last week, leaving a widespread path of destruction in its wake. The storms killed at least 55 people, making it the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States in more than 20 years.
Since the storm began, Red Cross employees and volunteers have been on the ground helping with relief efforts, including providing safe drinking water, offering shelter to those forced from their homes and helping people begin the process of rebuilding their communities. The Red Cross is providing assistance in communities affected by the storms in Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee.
"The rapid response of the American Red Cross has brought much needed assistance to the victims of these storms, many of whom lost their loved ones and homes, and whose communities have been destroyed," said Dave Peacock, vice president of marketing for Anheuser-Busch Inc. and vice chairman of the board of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross. "We hope our donation can bring some relief to these families and to the emergency workers who are doing so much to assist those affected by this disaster."
In addition to providing monetary support, Anheuser-Busch has donated more than 154,000 cans of drinking water for the victims of the storms and relief workers.
For more than 100 years, Anheuser-Busch Companies and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation have reached out to groups in need, contributing to community organizations across the country. During the past decade alone, the company and its foundation have donated more than $360 million to charitable organizations, including those that support education, health care, the arts, cultural enrichment, social services and environmental conservation.