Thank You! Over $1 million dollars raised to provide relief for tornado survivors in Midwest

Mercury One volunteers ready to help in Oklahoma. Photo by Paige Perry

Don’t ever say that Americans don’t come together to help one another in times of crisis. In less than twenty-four hours, this audience has donated over $1 million to the Mercury One’s 2013 Midwest Tornado Relief fund as of 9:55am ET Wednesday morning.

If you haven’t had a chance to donate, you can do so by clicking here or by visiting MercuryOne.org. If you’ve already donated, please tell your friends about what Mercury One has done today in Oklahoma and how they can still contribute to the fund to help the survivors of the tornado.

When Glenn first announced Mercury One, he did so in order to provide a platform for individuals and communities to take the lead in fixing the problems facing the country. Whether it be providing emergency relief from a natural disaster, helping a town devastated by recession, raising funds for military heroes like Chris Kyle, or bigger projects like inventing new ways to educate people about America’s history – Mercury One has focused on finding solutions through individuals, not the government. Hence its motto: “For government to do less we need to do more.”

Thanks to you, Glenn and a team of Mercury One volunteers were able to put out the call for help and – having started with nothing but an idea and a desire to help other – be on the ground in Oklahoma in a matter of hours.

What other audience would come together with such speed and generosity to help others? Truly, you’ve been an example to others not to sit back and just let FEMA or other large government agencies handle things just because it would be easy. Instead, you’ve shown that you practice what you preach.

Critics like to say that Americans would suffer without a big government there to take care of every problem, but today has shown that individuals can and will provide the money and resources to lead the way when help is needed.

In recent weeks, Glenn has proudly declared “We are the first responders”. Today you all stepped up and turned those words into a reality.

It’s not the first time you’ve led the way, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Glenn will be back tomorrow, and will surely have much more to say about his experience on the ground in Oklahoma.

From all of us at Mercury Radio Arts, TheBlaze, and Mercury One – we sincerely thank you for all that you do and for being an example for others in your community.

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Wilson Garrett

Managing Editor, GlennBeck.com

 

  • http://www.yourAVON.com/dcummings Debbie C

    Thank You
    Glenn. You have lead the way for those that want to do good in this world. Keep
    up the good work and know you have many supporters that have your back. Prayers
    going up for you and your family and the people in Oklahoma. Love & Hugs. Jesus Bless

  • http://twitter.com/Saunsea Saunsea

    It is incredible what you are doing and what you have done to help the people in need here in Oklahoma. Oklahomans, Americans, and global citizens have come together in such powerful and supporting ways to see the people of Moore receive the aid and help they desperately need. My question is, why don’t we see this coming together spirit throughout our daily lives? Why does it take an event of tragedy for the best of humanity to really come out and shine? Why aren’t we always coming together to see that no person is homeless or hungry? I see the spirit of the people surrounding the people here in Oklahoma with support and love because they have lost everything, why do we not, as a human species, live and act in this same spirit every day? http://saunsea.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/what-we-can-see-from-tornado-in-moore-oklahoma/

  • http://www.facebook.com/timfirefly Tim Carter

    Do not donate to the Red Cross; only $1 of ten will not be kept by the company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/terry.bascom.7 Terry Bascom

    plus, every significant decision made on the ground in a major local disaster has to be approved by washington d.c. headquarters. i am still smarting from trying to work with red cross back in 1999 when portions of new jersey were flooded along the raritan river. my church housed survivors for 21 days. i was part of the leadership of the local response effort; as soon as the national level of red cross took over from the local chapter, we hit stone wall after stone wall. even when they sent a person who assured us she had the power to make decisions, our very first question led her to step out of the room and call d.c., only to return to say ‘no.’

    i finally kicked them out of my church when they told our volunteer nurses – a couple who worked the emergency room at our local hospital – that they could no longer dispense routine medicines, or permit persons to take maintenance drugs like diabetes meds on a “red cross approved site.” they were to be transported to a hospital for the treatment they would give themselves at home. when my nurses refused to limit their treatment, the red cross told me the nurses had to go – to be replaced by non-nurse red cross volunteers. i handed them their red cross flag and told them to leave.

    then, a week later, the red cross had convinced the national guard and town officials that the refugees should all be located in one facility, rather than the 2 churches and high school gym. their facility was an empty out of town factory; the red cross would set up a bus schedule to allow workers to get to town for morning and evening shifts. most of the survivors in my church were illegal immigrants who worked odd hours. they explained that the bus schedule simply would not work. i took that to the red cross and national guard, they explained that the schedule worked “for most people”, hence would be the schedule. we chose to allow our survivors to stay at the church if they wished. the red cross, national guard, and even town police all came by to tell me what a bad idea that would be, that we were opening ourselves to being flooded by other survivors who wouldn’t like their master plan. thank God i had such a great church leadership team! we stayed open; we did not have a flood of others; and we created a community in which the survivors became friends – we all worked together to feed, clean, care for one another, and support the most vulnerable. 

    the best thing we did was get rid of the red cross and their bureaucracy.

    then, 2 years ago, vermont was hit by tropical storm irene, which isolated my little community for 5 days. the roughly 65 of us cut off formed a mutual support network very quickly, under the guidance of a local guy (former project manager for major corporations) who followed the FEMA model. it worked very well.

    once the roads were opened up, we saw the salvation army, but never the red cross. the salvation army offered us food, but we turned them down; we had already worked out a central feeding station staffed and supplied by a local summer camp that had its own food source, supplemented by food helicoptered in by the national guard. we were all set.several teams had also canvassed the area to determine who had medical or other needs, who had food for themselves and to share, who had their own power and water sources, and who needed supplementation. we also had a team cut a rough temporary road through the woods to bypass one of the washed out roads, over which high-clearance 4 wheel drive vehicles could pass. (for a few days, our mail went out by delivery to a certain point where it was transferred by hand to a matching post office vehicle on the other side. that person then handed back our mail for the day.)

    the red cross showed up after the fact and convinced the town leadership that we should sign on as an emergency red cross center so that they could (so that they would) supply us with a number of cots, blankets, emergency rations, communication devices, and training ahead of time. to get the material advantages, we signed on, and i participated in the training session. about half of the 12 of us trained that day agreed on the side that we would rather not be put under the authority of the red cross because of the limitations they were indicating in the training on what we could do. i hope, if we have an emergency in the future, we will agree to use the red cross supplies but refuse to be told what we cannot do for our neighbors in need. 

    no doubt the red cross limitations are connected to their insurance company’s policy requirements. and one selling point to the town was that if we operate as a red cross facility under their guidance, any potential lawsuits would devolve to them; the town would be protected. frankly, this disgusts me, because i know from 1999 what that means in practice. 

  • bucketnutz

    Obama will want his Fair Share of that money

  • Anonymous

    Bless you Beck

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  • http://youtu.be/0iRCvDwF26Q Sam Fisher

    Keep giving this is not over yet. 

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  • Miketrt

    You’re a good man Glenn

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for your testimony about your experience, Terry Bascom.  This helps me understand WHY Glenn and Mercury One insists that they will funnel the aid to the needy through, among others, churches and faith-based organizations.  I
    GET the importance of that now.  My heavens…  I have seen your comments about the Red Cross.  Do you or any of the other readers have observations/comments about the Salvation Army?  How do they do in response to tragedies such as the one you experienced or such as what we must deal with in Oklahoma now?