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.

Wilson Garrett

Managing Editor, GlennBeck.com