On Monday, Glenn Beck's charitable organization, Mercury One, began taking donations for those wishing to honor Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, who police say were killed by Marine reservist Eddie Routh on Saturday while at a Texas shooting range.
During Beck's radio show Tuesday morning, about $40,000 had been raised, but within just a couple hours of the show ending that total jumped to more than $100,000.
"We are grateful to help play a very small role in this effort," Mercury One President Joe Kerry said in an email to TheBlaze. "The individuals donating are the ones making a difference. They are the heroes."
This screenshot shows Mercury One donations raised for Chris Kyle on Tuesday morning.
By 2 p.m. EST nearly 2,000 donations on Mercury One for Chris Kyle and his foundation FITCO Cares totaled more $118, 890. The top anonymous donor sent in $5,000.
This screenshot shows how much was raised by 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The spike in donations, Kerry said, was thanks to Beck reaching out to his audience on the radio Tuesday.
"Glenn's passion and emotion came straight from his heart and his audience responded," Kerry said, noting that 100 percent of all monies donated to this effort will be passed along. "Nothing is going to administrative or overhead."
Due to the generosity of donors, the initial goal set by Mercury One was raised to $500,000.
"Our goal was $50,000. And that was because Mercury One was making a donation of $25k to the Chris Kyle Memorial Fund and$25k to the family of Chad Littlefield," Kerry said. "These donations are in addition to the $50k we thought we would raise. Our goal was to raise $50k and donate $50k directly from Mercury One. We're well beyond that now."
The fundraising effort with a new goal of $500,000 will continue until Monday, Feb. 11.
If you would like to donate, visit Mercury One here.
To donate by mail:
PO Box 140489
Irving, TX 75014
Make checks payable to Mercury one but in the memo field please write "Chris Kyle Fund."
Update: By 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, Mercury One was 43 percent of its goal, raising $216,542 from more than 3,000 donors.