Beer Plant Switches to Water for Sandy Victims


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CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (CNN) -- Beer company Anheuser-Busch is sending thousands of cans to Superstorm Sandy victims on the East Coast.

But they're not full of what you might think.

They are sending emergency drinking water, not beer.

"Personally, for me, it does mean a little bit more because I do have family that have been affected by it," said Scott Vail, Anheuser-Busch employee.

Vail said it's a pretty easy process to switch over from beer to water, and it only took about eight to 12 hours to do it once they got the call.

Employee Sam McElveen isn't from New Jersey, but he said he feels a sense of satisfaction being able to help.

"Makes us feel great," said McElveen. "A lot of people don't have opportunities to help, so we look at this actually as an opportunity to help. "

The federal government doesn't buy the water cans; Anheuser Busch donates them for free, something the company said it's been doing for more than 100 years.

"We have a long history of supporting relief efforts, especially in times of disaster, and emergency water is something our company is uniquely positioned to do," said Rob Haas, plant general manager.

Vail is awfully glad they do and that he can be a part of it.

"And they understand what's at stake," said Vail. "They know we're doing this to help people out, and they're more than happy to jump on and help folks out."

Company officials estimate they'll produce and ship about 44,000 cases of drinking water.

That means well over a million cans of water for disaster victims in New Jersey and New York.

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