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Trenton brewery teaming up with the Red Cross to help people impacted by disasters

Trenton brewery teaming up with the Red Cross to help individuals impacted by disasters (Photo: American Red Cross)

TRENTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The MillerCoors Brewery in Trenton is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help people who have been impacted by disasters.

The brewery will package more than two million cans of drinking water over the next three years as part of the national partnership. That water then will be made available during the Red Cross' response to nearly 64,000 disasters across the country.

“Providing clean water during a disaster is one of the most urgent and important needs,” Patricia Smitson, CEO of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross, said. “Often drinking water becomes contaminated or inaccessible after a disaster, but the basic human need for water doesn’t diminish. Having these cans of clean water provided by MillerCoors allows the Red Cross to meet the basic humanitarian needs of those impacted by a disaster during a very critical time.”

Red Cross provides their relief services at no cost to the people who are impacted by disasters due to donors, including MillerCoors. The two worked together before MillerCoors was launched in 2008, according to the Trenton Brewery Plant Manager.

“The Trenton Brewery was proud to be selected to produce canned water for humanitarian relief,” Denise Quinn said. “Participating in the community as a true partner is the right thing to do, especially when there's a disaster that affects our friends, neighbors and family members from having safe drinking water to consume.”

Although the packaging of the water is being done in Trenton, the partnership between the Red Cross and MillerCoors is being made at a national level and includes Ball Corp., which manufacturers the cans, and Graphic Packaging International, which handles the packaging of the product. Ball’s philanthropic arm, The Ball Foundation, already provides financial support to the Red Cross in advance of major disasters as a Disaster Responder member.

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