Oskar Blues Brewery and the CAN’d Aid Foundation has partnered with Frontier Airlines to bring the people of Puerto Rico what they most desperately need: clean drinking water.
Oskar Blues Brewery has canned 91,200 cans of clean drinking water, and through the CAN’d Aid Foundation is donating the water to help the residents of Puerto Rico. Frontier Airlines has agreed to deliver the water, and beginning today they are loading the cases of canned water into the cargo holds of San Juan, Puerto Rico bound airplanes. The first cases of water will arrive in Puerto Rico tomorrow.
Much of Puerto Rico remains devastated and without services after suffering a direct hit from Hurricane Maria more than a week ago. The category 4 storm caused loss of power and water across much of the island. Due to the remote location, relief efforts have been slow to arrive. It’s believed that 44% of Puerto Rico’s population is still without clean drinking water. The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority officials have said potable water won’t be available island-wide until power is restored, which could take months.
“We’re fortunate to be in a position to help,” stated Dale Katechis, Founder of CAN’d Aid Foundation and Oskar Blues Brewery. “When towns and areas are hit hard by natural or man-made disasters, water supplies are often the first thing to go. And when we can jump in to provide safe drinking water quickly – we stand on the gas. In Puerto Rico, we had no immediate way to help, but with generous support from Frontier Airlines, we’re now able to lend a hand, fast, because it’s the right thing do and because we can.”
This isn’t the first time that Oskar Blues has stopped canning their beer in favor of canned water. Just during the past month the CAN’d Aid Foundation and Oskar Blues Brewery has distributed 433,000 cans of clean drinking water to people in Texas and Florida, after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Since its start, the CAN’d Aid Foundation has helped ship nearly 1 Million cans of water to those in need in locations such as Flint, Michigan, South Carolina and Louisiana.
“With the hard to reach nature of Puerto Rico we are in a unique position where we can partner with Oskar Blues and CAN’d Aid to provide quick delivery of safe and clean drinking water to the people of Puerto Rico,” said Frontier Spokesman Richard Oliver. “With our ability to fly in relief supplies we’re able to provide some much-needed relief to people in need.”
How you CAN support the CAN’d Aid Foundation
The CAN’d Aid Foundation spreads people powered do-goodery through Towns, Tunes, Treads & Trails and Love Yur Mama efforts nationwide. To date, CAN’d Aid has raised $107,500 for hurricane relief efforts, thanks to a $50K match from Oskar Blues Brewery. Funds raised will be used to support long-term rebuilding efforts in affected areas as well as a continued commitment to providing clean drinking water to communities in need. For more information or to donate to the CAN’d Aid Foundation, visit candaid.org.
We here at Bottle Makes Three raise our cans to everyone at Oskar Blues, the CAN’d Aid Foundation and Frontier Airline. Cheers to you for being so awesome!