Hamilton ships famous water to Japan

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HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -- The city of Hamilton's award winning water is being bottled, boxed and shipped to aid victims of the disaster in Japan.
"One of our maintenance workers at our city garage, Tim Crane, contacted me and thought it would be a great idea if we donated our bottled water to Japan," said Jim Collins, of the City of Hamilton.
Nearly 300 cases of 24, a total of 7,200 bottles, are being sent from the city's bottling center which was created  a year ago with the goal of providing aid during disasters.
"With the devastation that's over there, this would just be a small amount just to help them out as much as we could, and we hope that other people, by seeing us donate, maybe they would donate as well, and really to help put what's going on in Japan," Collins said.
The tap water touted as best in the nation by Berkeley Springs in 2009, and best in the world last year was shipped to Matthew 25 Ministries last week.
"We have a lot of food to go out and then the request for clean water was something that was put in a little later, so we were glad to see that this water came from Hamilton, very grateful for it,"  said Tim Metty of Matthew 25 Ministries.
In addition to the water, Matthew 25 Ministries is sending thousand of servings of food in the first phase followed by first aid, cleaning supplies, personal care items and blankets.
"We'll be sending one to two semis our first round, and then really it's based on request, one of our semis can hold 250,000 servings of food, so that's something that we're trying to get out quick right now," Metty said.
The water and other goods will be shipped  this week -- organizers say the focus is getting the shipments to the emergency refugee camps in Japan.
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