Surplus ACL Fest water donated to North Carolina hurricane relief efforts

Olivia Stout holds up an American flag while her boyrfriend, Dylan Ionnotti, snaps a photo of Willie Nelson performing on the final day of the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 9. 10/09/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Olivia Stout holds up an American flag while her boyrfriend, Dylan Ionnotti, snaps a photo of Willie Nelson performing on the final day of the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 9. 10/09/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Austin Disaster Relief Network, a Christian non-profit organization, partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and C3 Presents, the company behind Austin City Limits Festival, to send two 18-wheelers full of  hurricane relief supplies to Lumberton, North Carolina on Saturday. The community was among the hardest hit by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew earlier this month, with water service still disrupted late last week.

The first truck contained cleanup supplies, toiletries, clothing and basic necessities donated through drives hosted by ADRN, which connects more than 175 churches around Austin. The second truck was loaded with 19 pallets of surplus canned water from ACL Fest, donated by C3 Presents. Tito’s Handmade Vodka funded the trucks.

“Austinites understand the physical, spiritual and emotional impact of disaster after facing four disasters in the last year and half, including two historic disasters,” Daniel Geraci, Executive Director of Austin Disaster Relief Network, said in a statement. “It’s inspiring that we’re able to use the water from Austin City Limits Music Festival, one of our biggest community events, to support hurricane survivors in North Carolina.”

 

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