As Mercury One's relief efforts at the U.S. border were in full swing, TheBlaze TV caught up with one man who's worked with those in need in the area for the last 25 years.
Michael Madrigal, event coordinator with Iglesia del Pueblo Church — which sits just a mile or so from the border in Mission, Texas — acknowledged that other organizations have offered help before "but nothing of this magnitude."
"Mercury One is one of the greatest organizations that I've been in contact with or connected with," Madrigal said, praising the efforts of the charity Glenn Beck founded, which over the weekend provided food, clothing, water and toys to illegal immigrant children who have been streaming into the U.S.
"It's such a blessing to see these families, these children, these mothers able to receive aid and such great quantities of assistance," Madrigal added.
The son-in-law of Pastor Juan de la Garza of Iglesia del Pueblo, Madrigal helped organize Saturday's relief effort in McAllen from the church's end — and after seeing the needs at the border day in and day out for more than a quarter century, he noted Mercury One's "phenomenal job" meeting them.
Children and families lack running water and electricity, he said, adding that roofs they're under are often tarps. Not to mention the blistering temperatures with no air conditioning.
So it was in many ways "a breath of fresh air" for all the kids who received soccer balls or teddy bears or plates of food from Mercury One — and "extremely exciting" for Madrigal.
But he noted that what Beck's charity did this weekend goes even deeper for those with so many needs: "For them, it's life."
Here's the interview: