Beck's Restoring Love Rally Calls for Servanthood

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DALLAS -- The sound of music filled the air at Dallas Cowboys Stadium Saturday. Americans gathered for the purpose of rebuilding the country by serving one another.

It was all part of the three-day Restoring Love Conference, sponsored by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and his charity Mercury One.

Beck spoke about faith, love, American history, and service during the nearly three-hour rally.

"There are millions of people just like you -- ready to act, ready to serve, ready to take up a struggle -- to commit, to activate, to live it, to create, to restore love in our heart and in America," Beck said.

More than 60,000 showed up for the event. Many demonstrated passion for God and country and enthusiasm for lending a helping hand to fellow Americans.

"I'm excited to be here," one attendee said. "I wanted to be inspired. Everybody needs to be inspired so we can do more."

"He's (Beck) trying to pull everybody together, all faiths, all denominations," another attendee said. "And whether you believe in God or don't believe, we need to look out for each other."

A nationwide food drive organized by Mercury One and CBN's Operation Blessing International was a highlight of Restoring Love.

"We're looking to start a movement, a movement where like-minded people can get together and say those solutions to our problems, whether it's hunger or homelessness, that doesn't belong to a political party or even government. Those answers reside in our hearts and soul," Mercury One President Joe Kerry told CBN News.

Operation Blessing President Bill Horan agreed.

"The crux of it, at least to me, is to raise awareness, to make people aware, to look out that maybe your neighbor needs some help. Reach out and help them," Horan said.

"Americans need to help other Americans. It's time for that," he added. "This is a great opportunity to raise that awareness."

Hundreds of volunteers from some 30 states travelled to Dallas to help with the drive. At the Operation Blessing warehouse, they sorted and packaged food. Many also participated in service activities across the city.

"If you want something done, rather than expecting the government to step up and do it, that we as a people need to start stepping up and doing it," Danelle Van Holystn, from Eagle Rock, Alaska, said.

More than 300,000 pounds of food were donated to help feed hungry Americans, all to be delivered by the big rigs of Operation Blessing.

"I think we're trying to show the general public we can help each other without expecting this to be provided by the government or someone else," food donor Doug Reeves said.

The fleet of trucks has been deployed to 11 different cities across the country. The food will then be distributed to thousands of families in need -- a visual display of Restoring Love's overall message that we best serve God when we serve one another.

"We are builders, we are helpers," Beck declared at Saturday's conference. "And if there's one thing our government should never, ever do is this: Don't you dare try to stop us from helping and feeding and healing. We will serve."

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Charlene Aaron

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Charlene Aaron serves as a general assignment reporter and helps anchor for the CBN News Channel.  Follow her on Twitter @CharNews and "like" her at Facebook.com/CharleneIsraelCBNNews.