Mercury One, the charity founded by Glenn Beck, has been tireless in its efforts to help Israeli soldiers and families throughout the past year. Many of their actions have not been reported on, but the organization has traveled to Israel multiple times, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars of assistance to those in need.
Amid the latest round of fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Mercury One was one of the only American charities to spring into action to support the Israeli soldiers, not just contributing financially, but sending representatives to Israel to distribute goods and meet with those they were helping.
Quinn Cotter, the assistant director of corporate outreach at Mercury One, wrote after one trip in early August: "We went soldier to soldier in two hospitals and met with 65 [people], one on one. We also took pizza to feed the hardest hit brigade of the war at their front line position, as they were not allowed to leave. Overall, we made 20 stops in five days and were able to provide over $300,000 in immediate assistance to the soldiers and citizens in need."
"During all of these stops, we saw no other non-profit supporting Israel, let alone people from the States. Several soldiers and families broke down crying after hearing we had come from the U.S. At one point, we were on the IDF base bordering Gaza at night, in the IDF bunker looking down on Hamas’ position," Cotter continued. "A soldier began crying, and I asked the translator to find out why. The translation of what he said was, 'It's just so good to see citizens and people from America. For a month and a half I haven't left this base and I'll I have seen are Hamas shooting at us and Palestinians throwing rocks at us.'"
Mercury One went from base to base, donating whatever was needed most. At the Nahal base, Mercury One donated furniture for 180 barracks. At the Golani base, one of the hardest hit in the latest wave of fighting, Mercury One donated 400 new sleeping mats and brought pizza to the troops one night for dinner. Women in the 82nd Tank Brigade needed feminine supplies and toiletries, so Mercury One provided them. And the IDF Navy Base was in dire need of a new workout facility, since it was last renovated in 1940, so Mercury One donated it.
The charity also donated hundreds of shirts, jackets, hats, towels, vest bags, and care packages.
Mercury One made its third trip to Israel this year in early September, where United Hatzalah dedicated 10 defibrillators and one "ambucycle" to Mercury One in thanks for past donations.
United Hatzalah is a non-profit, volunteer emergency medical services organization that, with more than 2,000 volunteers, serves both Jewish and Arabs in need. While a traditional ambulance can take 12 minutes to reach those in need, especially during times of tumult, the average response time of an ambucycle is 90 seconds, since they can weave through traffic and debris unlike an ambulance.
Cotter said of those they were serving: "Their courage, selflessness and commitment leaves you speechless. ... After being there and meeting with these people, I am more convinced than ever that the cause of Israel is the cause of God."