With tornadoes hammering Oklahoma for the second time in weeks this past Friday, Mercury One was once again on the ground within hours and providing relief to those who were affected. Mercury One and Glenn Beck donated $350,000 to “Shelter Oklahoma Schools”, a new group that builds storm shelters and safe houses within schools in Oklahoma.
“Anyone who has a child will tell you the safety and security of their children is tops on their daily priorities list. Knowing that our donation will go toward shelters that make kids safer during the school day is a heart-warming thing,” Glenn said.
“Seeing this group do so much good already so soon after the storm is proof positive of how people can quickly come together and provide for one another without having to wait on government to take care of them,” he added. “The Shelter Oklahoma Schools organization is proof of how great things can happen when people stand together to help one another.”
Mercury One presented the $350,000 check on Saturday.
Mercury One also donated $250,000 to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office to help them fund the purchase of a mobile command center to better prepare them for tornados and other disasters. Several of the deputies who had their homes destroyed also received funds from Mercury One.
So far, Mercury One has raised over $1.7 million for tornado relief efforts in the Midwest.
Much of the fundraising for the tornado relief was done via social media. Immediately after hearing about the devastating tornado that tore through Moore, Glenn took to Twitter to find volunteers with trucks to bring food, water and diapers to Oklahoma. Within hours volunteers answered Glenn's call for assistance by providing trucks and drivers. Operation Blessing, a charity that Mercury One has partnered with before, filled the relief tractor-trailers with the needed supplies.
In one day, Mercury One was able to raise over $500,000 for disaster relief through 6,000 donations. Currently, they have raised a total of $1,738,885 with over 19,000 donations. Their current goal is to raise $2 million.
Glenn also used his TV and radio shows to tell inspiring stories of neighbors helping neighbors in Oklahoma, and to raise funds and awareness for Mercury One’s disaster relief efforts.
"Glenn Beck is our biggest advocate and supporter. Not only did he freely give of his radio and TV time to ask his audience to donate but he came to Oklahoma, to the heart of the devastation, to broadcast his radio show. The donations to Mercury One exceeded our highest expectations because Glenn was there and able to describe what we saw and felt," said Mercury One President Joe Kerry.
Speaking on radio after returning from Oklahoma on May 22nd, Glenn took a moment to praise the people in his audience who had done so much to help others with their time and donations.
“I believe this radio audience and this growing network has the most incredible listeners, readers, and viewers in the country, possibly the world,” he said. “I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who really do believe that the world can be a better place.”
This isn’t the first time that Glenn has called on his audience to help others. When Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City, Mercury One was one of the first organizations to provide relief to hard hit areas like Coney Island.
In two days, Mercury One raised over $300,000 in relief for Hurricane Sandy. Eventually Glenn's audience raised just under $2,000,000 for the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund.
Joe Kerry met with members of New York Christian Resource Center at a church in Coney Island not long after the Hurricane hit, and was surprised to find that no other organization had reached out to them to provide relief. The church had no power and their basement and parts of the first floor were flooded. Mercury One donated $100,000 so repairs could begin immediately on the church.
Mercury One also teamed up with Operation Blessing to immediately disperse $100,000 in supplies to 46 churches and synagogues in the area and continued to provide funds and volunteers to assist in the clean up.
Jim Esposito of the NYCRC praised Mercury One’s efforts, saying “You have no idea what you guys have brought to us today – the hope that’s descended here in Coney Island, Brooklyn and beyond. You were the first people to come to this community, to this church and to see what we need. And that’s God’s honest truth. They didn’t know where they were going to turn today. And I’m glad that you were there. Thank you so much, sir.”
Mercury One also partnered with HopeNYC for their Day Of Hope providing funds to purchase food, supplies, teddy bears and hot meals for a community on Long Island.
The NYPD and its officers were especially hard-hit and while many people in other professions were able to take time off to rebuild, the officers of the NYPD were working longer shifts to deal with the effects of the hurricane. Mercury One contributed $250,000 to the NYPD Hurricane Sandy Assistance fund so its members and officers could focus on the safety of the citizens of NYC and not about finding the money to rebuild.
Mercury One doesn’t just provide disaster relief. The group also helped raise over $600,000 dollars to honor Chris Kyle, an American hero who served overseas and helped recovering veterans with his time and through his foundation. A fellow veteran killed him in February of 2013. Donations raised by Mercury One went to the Chris Kyle Memorial and FITCO Cares, a foundation started by Kyle and the Littlefield family.
Mercury One also organized the Day of Service during Restoring Love in Dallas, TX last summer. During that day, thousands of volunteers were sent out across the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to work at a variety of service projects.
Mercury One has been an active presence at Glenn’s summer events over the past two years. These events help raise money to cover Mercury One’s administrative and operating costs so that 100% of donations raised during a tragedy can go to providing relief efforts to the people in need.
Mercury One was founded with the motto: “For government to do less we need to do more.” The organization serves as an example of the principles of personal responsibility and individual charity being put into action.
Visit MercuryOne.org for details on how you can donate.