Mercury One, the charity founded by Glenn Beck, went to the border in McAllen, Texas on Saturday to distribute tractor-trailers full of food, water, clothing and toys to the illegal immigrant children who are pouring into the United States.
While Beck has consistently maintained that everyone who is in the United States illegally must be sent back to their home countries, he also says we must take care of the children in need until they are sent home.
You can get live updates from the day in the slideshow from glennbeck.com, below:
Before sunrise, Glenn Beck, Dana Loesch, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) went to the border to get a better understanding of what the day would bring.
TheBlaze's Mike Opelka went with them, and captured what he described as "heartbreaking" images:
This infant size sneaker was one of many heartbreaking images we captured in the early morning hours along the border http://t.co/ls6w5dJbje— Mike Opelka (@Mike Opelka)1405768950.0
Baby scorpion sits atop a child's life vest. It is in a pile of trash less than 100 feet from the river. http://t.co/bJctcXI45s— Mike Opelka (@Mike Opelka)1405768888.0
After the sun rose, the group joined volunteers from Mercury One, local churches, and Operation BBQ Relief -- which Mercury One partnered with for the event -- to distribute food, water, clothing, and toys to the illegals.
Volunteers prepared small gift bags for each of the children. The bags contained food, water, a soccer ball and a stuffed animal:
Opelka wrote on twitter:
Important to note, helping here also helps relieve the stress on this community. http://t.co/EzXkRSclxX— Mike Opelka (@Mike Opelka)1405778687.0
Volunteers came from all walks of life. One girl appeared to be no older than those she was helping:
TheBlaze TV interviewed one individual who said he came from Nebraska, and felt called to help:
Joe Kerry, the president of Mercury One, said local churches expected to see roughly 150 volunteers, but 375 came. Mercury One expected 50 volunteers, but 75 came, some traveling all the way from New York, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Utah.
Glenn Beck, Alveda King, Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) meet with Sister Norma Pimentel of the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas July 19, 2014. (Photo: Mike Opelka/TheBlaze)
Cruz joined Mercury One volunteers in unloading supplies:
While in McAllen, Beck, Cruz, and Weber, among others, were able to tour the medical and temporary housing facilities.
One volunteer said many of the children "break down" when they get to the temporary housing facilities, pictured below, since it is often where "reality sets in":
After helping to provide food, water, clothing, and toys to thousands of illegal immigrant children, Beck called together a roundtable of spiritual leaders to discuss the crisis, and what the American people can do to remedy it.
The complete discussion will air on TheBlaze TV in the coming days.
This is a breaking news story. Updates will be added.