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This morning, masses of volunteers assembled at Cowboys Stadium for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Love Day of Service." The parking lot served as an inspirational scene, as a plethora of buses packed with volunteers from across America were preparing to head to hundreds of project sites in and around Dallas, Texas. Among the hundreds of locations was Operation Blessing, a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization.
Approximately 130 volunteers (a second group is slated to arrive later in the day) headed to the organization's Prairie, Texas, headquarters, where they would engage in two essential service capacities -- preparing and organizing food for Operation Blessing's warehouse and helping with the building's renovations and painting needs. From adults to children, the participants were eager to serve from the start.
At a roll call before the project began, it was discovered that the group of volunteers represented 28 states in total. California, Ohio, Michigan, New Mexico, Georgia, Kansas, Colorado and Alaska were only of the few of the localities they came from.
Once inside and registered, the volunteers quickly went to work. While some painted walls, others separated beans into individual bags that the organization plans to give to families in need. The sights were fascinating, as those participating worked quickly and diligently to accomplish the tasks at hand.
In addition to the packing and painting, here's a brief synopsis of the work that the organization will be doing with Beck's Mercury One:
As part of Mercury One’s “Restoring Love Through Service” food drive, OBI will be loading food supplies into 11 Hunger Strike Force tractor trailers in Dallas, Texas, then delivering the items to 11 cities across the nation—helping feed hungry families.
The 11 cities include Detroit, Mich.; Navajo Reservation, N.M.; New Orleans, La.; Las Vegas, Nev.; San Joaquin Valley County, Calif.; New York, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Wilmington, Ohio.
Jody Gettys, director of U.S. Disaster Relief and Programs for Operation Blessing, told TheBlaze that her organization was inspired to partner with Beck's Mercury One when staffers learned about the Day of Service.
"We're so excited to champion the cause of loving one's neighbors," she explained, going on to share her hopes for the emotions that the experience would bring to participating volunteers. "I hope it's a new awareness that not only the chronic poor and homeless face poverty."
Dan Moore, Deputy Director of U.S. Disaster Relief, too, said that the experience will show volunteers that anyone, considering the down economy, can find him or herself in great need.
"I've seen people in suits and ties, even after [Hurricane] Katrina, in [food] lines," he said, going on to encourage people to realize that "anything could happen." This volunteer opportunity, he believes, may awaken understanding.
Gettys went on to say that she's excited to see that the volunteers have an opportunity to help the families that Operation Blessing serves.
Consider Blaine and Amy Olson, a husband and wife from Louisiana, who drove nine hours to be a part of "Restoring Love." They told TheBlaze about their motivation to serve the poor and those in need.
"We come out here, because we believe that we should be serving others," Amy explained. "We believe that this is just such a blessing to help others and to share love -- and that's what 'Restoring Love' is all about."
Gettys echoed this sentiment as well, saying that she's hoping the opportunity would allow individuals and families to help build "a better America through service and love."