CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of people lined up around the block Thursday morning outside the Organizing for America office on West Boulevard in Charlotte to pick up tickets for their work as volunteers for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
"I'm excited. This is history," said 66-year-old Rebbecca Smith. "This means so much to me to even be in the same building... I just say how happy this is."
Thursday, community leaders and volunteers who worked on the 931 program were able to pick up credentials to hear Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama's acceptance speeches in Bank Of America stadium on the final night of the convention.
Smith was near the front of the line, which started to form around 7 a.m. in the shopping center which houses a CMPD sub station and Family Dollar on Charlotte's west side.
Smith was not only the first in the state to receive credentials but North Carolina is the first state to distribute the community credentials.
West Boulevard was one of two locations in Charlotte which was handing out credentials -- the other was located at 2750 Harris Boulevard in the University area.
Mayor Anthony Foxx was on hand to greet volunteers and give them a message.
"This is only halftime. It doesn't end with the convention. We've still got lots of work to do. We still have the third and fourth quarters to go," he said.
Starting Saturday, people who signed up as part of the 'I'm there' program to witness the acceptance speeches will be able to also walk in and pick up their credentials.