A Chiver from Fluvanna County needs our help (17 Photos)

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As y'all know, theCHIVE exists exclusively for a good laugh but every once in a while we have to give pause to things that actually matter - this is one of those moments. I received a letter last week from one of our Chivers, Kenny George. He's part of a volunteer squad in Fluvanna County, Virginia. He wrote:

I'm a loyal Chiver contacting you for help. We are one of the last all-volunteer rescue squads in the state of Virginia. We run Thanksgiving and Christmas, give up time with our families, and we're are running out of options. I wonder if there is someone in this country who can step up and help their own, as we do every day. I know this is not what the Chive is about, but as I said, we're out of options and, for some reason, I believe you all have big hearts. Thanks for at least reading this.

After I read it, I asked Kenny for some more information. The Fluvanna County Rescue Squad is made up of 40 volunteers, 30 of whom are EMT's that serve an extremely rural community. They charge nothing for their services, not one dime. Basically, Kenny explained, the residents in this poverty stricken area can't afford insurance and they wouldn't call an ambulance for help because they can't pay the bill (they are extremely prideful folks).

Because of the rough economy, local donations have dried up and government funding has been cut. Here at theCHIVE, I've really no interest in anything safe and expected. There's a hundred other big-time charities we could champion but that wouldn't really be Chivish at all, would it? In many ways, saving a random awesome group in a random county in the backwoods of Virginia is exactly what theCHIVE would do. And it's exactly what we should do.

I'm not going to put a financial goal on this but maybe we can raise a few thousand dollars and help out. But if this goes big I promise I will get the elusive Shay Maria to become the Chivette of the Week. I don't exactly know how I'll make that happen but it's been on my to-do list for a while now and I'm pretty resourceful when it comes to these things.

Times are tough for many of us out there so let's keep things simple. Fluvanna County's website has a website that accepts donations via Paypal. Donate $1 to those guys today. If you don't have Paypal, they also accept credit card. If you can't do that, stick a dollar in an envelope and mail it to:

Fluvanna County Rescue Squad Inc.
P.O. Box 96
Palmyra, VA 22963

UPDATE: Kenny just told me that, after only an hour and a half, the response has been 'overwhelming'. We've already raised over $6,000. That total only includes Paypal donations. It doesn't account for international donations or people mailing it in. Unreal, Chivers. Keep it up!

Update #2: We just cracked the $10,000 mark in hours flat. People have started calling this 'Bucks for Bears'. The donations are now coming in even faster. This is getting insane.

Update #3 $20,000 raised and counting! They have still yet to receive most checks that were snail-mailed.

Kenny told me, “The back of an ambulance is a very scary place for a child. We keep teddy bears around for them to hold onto. These days, we don’t even have funding for teddy bears. We happily pay for them ourselves but it gives you an idea of how dire our situation has become.”

Over 10 million people visit theCHIVE every month. Let’s show Fluvanna County what we can do. I will be following up on this story for sure. TheCHIVE is making a company donation and our Chivers are also making personal donations. All we ask from y’all is one dollar.

Fluvanna County website and donation page.

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  • John

    Hey All,

    My deepest thanks for your help with this. I've gotten to know some of these amazing volunteers over the week and they are good, salt-of-the-earth people. And they really do need our help. I don't plan on doing this too often so let's make this one count.

    Chive on!

    • StevieC

      Now THIS is cool. I'm a Canadian Chiver and I've made my donation. It's always a honour to help out our true heroes.

    • jimbo

      Give us a dollar total update if you can. At some point.

    • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

      Update us when you can, John, on the amount we raise. Let's blow it up so hard it makes national news.

      • Lisa_Martin

        TheCHIVE has punked the entire news universe 3 times. It's been glorious. (Girl accidentally texts her Dad about losing her virginity; Trump leaves huge ass tip; Jenny/HOPA quits via dry erase board.) Here's hoping folks know we aren't crying wolf this time. As much fun as it is…

        Chive on. :)

    • aaron

      John, because you didn't declare "first", when you so easily could have, I will throw a few bucks their way for sure.

      • jason in pc

        I agree whole heartedly, i am down for a twenty spot, figure from all the good entertainment from the site i owe to the both of em.

        • aaron

          That's a great way of thinking about it. Plus, you get to help GOOD people.

          • John

            I will get the updated donation amounts as soon as I can. I'm being told the response is amazing after only a half hour.

            • kkuhlers

              I'm a broke college student who is currently training for a career in law enforcement / first responder… I'm $40,000 in debt from college but I still managed to put up $50 for this. I am not bragging about this… I simply have the honor of spending time with these types of people everyday of my life and if I could shake the Chive's hand.. I would. AMERICA.

              -K Kuhlers
              Winona, MN

              • SweetAwesomeness

                chivette of the week……? i cast my vote to you good lady!!!

                • Quixote

                  Dude, that's Keeley Hazell. Pretty sure she's not broke.

                  • SweetAwesomeness

                    pretty sure she said her name was K. Kuhlers…

                    • John

                      Over $6,000 in an hour and a half! (holy shit)

                    • SweetAwesomeness

                      i nominate you for grand Marshall of the Fluvanna County parade!!! (somebody look into that and see if it exists) or if not i hope they at least make you a nice little plaque for the office!!

                      i hope your'e proud of us John and Co. ^_^

                    • kkuhlers

                      PS im a dude… just happen to be infatuated with Kee Hazell… how could you not be?

              • fuck the chive

                go fuck yourself kuhlers. did your mommy and daddy pay for your whole college tuition and you used the money you earned from your part-time job at pizza hut for this bullshit cause? wow, you're so goddamn special.

                besides, if these EMTs went to a GOOD medical school, they wouldn't be whining about having no money while VOLUNTEERING their services in some shithole county in bumfuck virginia.

                i hope you feel better about yourself now. btw, nice "AMERICA" at the end. ..fuckin retard.

    • Proud Chiver

      Nice 1 Chive!
      I am absolutely proud and honored to be a part of this!
      There is no bigger heart than the one of a volunteer. These guys are what keep America the amazing place that it is.
      I tip my hat to you guys for doing this…much respect!
      And hey John, dont be afraid to do such things in the future…I'm pretty sure I speak for most loyal chivers when I say that we love being a part of this, and would again jump at the chance in the future.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.herak Mike Herak

      Seriously, the coolest post you guys have done this week.

      I threw in $20 for the Teddy Bears…Chive On

    • sofaking

      Awesome stuff, just donated a quarter of a 100 dollars!!! It sounds like a lot more when you say it that way.

    • MaxSpain

      As a Fluco, I thank you.

    • Jay

      Can we get a physical address other than a PO Box? I'd like to send some Teddy Bears and whatnot for the kids in the ambulance but have to do it by UPS and PO Boxes are a no-no.

    • iletastinky

      What a great reminder that we all have something to give. Not just today, but always. Tomorrow I will find something local and donate also. Thanks for everything (except Dead Space 2)!!!!

    • Mikey WINS

      Thanks for this post John,

      I am broke as shit in college but felt honored to be a part of this.

      CHIVE ON

    • Shopping Cart Joe

      Well done Chivers!

    • BloodScrubber

      This is part of what America is about. Helping those who need it no matter the cost, because its the right thing to do. Epic CHive.


    • GTO

      sending my donation now

    • saltygary


      With the outpouring of support, may I suggest that the trucks need to sport The Chive logo for the year with the slogan "Tits or it Burns"?

    • Libertariandude

      And The Chive officially graduates as the most awesome site in the Internets. Chive On!!!

    • Adolf

      fuck you, john

  • davey


    Bucks 4 Teddies!
    Good Campaign

  • Dakota

    the best post on the chive today, here's to hoping they get a lot of support

  • mark

    #5 a good cause AND we get Shay Maria? Let's roll B)

    • WHT


      • zombie

        i lol'd

        • http://www.twitter.com/justin_speedo facebook

          give me shay first, then you get your dollar. xD

          joking, boom 1$ sent.

  • Bandit03

    What the hell…I'll chip in

  • Danny P

    Boom – donated.

    • Quixote

      Me too.

      • sileemonuts

        im going to toys r us to give them a teddy bear!

  • Hunter

    Love it guys! my dollars are in the mail

  • WTFever

    Time for me to man up and give back……..for theChive

  • daniel

    for the teddy bears… I'm way in.

  • jimbo

    I got 5 on it!

    • trey-doggz

      me and even scumbag steve has five on it… well I guess I got ten on it then

  • Dylan

    I think because of us the site is down, will come try again later to donate.

    • John

      Site is working fine.

      • Bandit03

        Yea site is fine, just made my donation

    • BravesFan

      Just put some in the pot. Give it another try.

  • MTW

    done and done

  • Ethan

    That pic of the little girl…

    A dollar? Easy.

    • BravesFan

      Having two little girls myself, that tugged at my heart pretty good.

      • Dan

        I've got a 7 year old and damned if I'm not wiping tears out of my eyes at work. Damn you Chive! As soon as I get home, I'm gonna drop some money down since I'm at a govt agency and apparently donating to good causes at work is a no no.

        • Daniel Patrick Scannell

          Now that I'm home, I donated. John, you guys rock! Thanks for bringing this opportunity to us. Keep up the great work Fluvanna County volunteers!

        • Big Will

          yeah same here thats crap. And I'm an emergency dispatcher for the Navy.

          • Dan

            Air Force here.

  • thomas james

    the chive has given me way too many free lol's over the past year. Surely that's worth a buck.

  • Billy Craig

    Bucks for Bears. I can eat McDonalds today and have my ass spit at me like a mad cat to help out a worthy cause.

    • 123

      Holy schnikies… I literally just spit all over my monitor when I read this… so funny

  • schnookums

    i'll throw a 10 in for this. chive on.

    • Gecko

      just mailed 2 Abe Lincolns

      • Slauter

        I'm down for 10. Anything to help my Chivers.

  • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

    I'm a volunteer EMT also, and I've been upside down in cars, in the water, in the woods, and all other scenarios helping people when they're not at their best. These people have sack beyond belief (women on the crew, take that as a compliment), and you need to give your money to them. A dollar is all it takes, but more will help a lot. John, push people to donate. What most don't realize is the people this crew of people help are neighbors, people they know personally. The strain mentally sometimes is unbearable. Bring it, Chivers and bring it hard and fast to these people who desperately need it. NOW.

    • CosmoKramerTheAssMan

      You don't know when you will need fire or ambulance. If you won't donate to this cause, donate to your own local chapters of your fire and ambulance. There is NO vacation for fire and ambulance personnel.

  • Your Mom's Dog

    Tugging at the heartstrings, Chive. Who knew? Bada bing…consider it done.

  • Random Hero

    Donation going out!

  • http://twitter.com/importantcrap @importantcrap

    Donation on the way! Thanks for all that you do, even if it's not for me or any of us personally.


    Someone should post this on Reddit.

    • SueVDB

      Some one did! Thanks for the suggestion!:D

  • lando

    their site is not down, it's up and working fine

  • Marshall

    Donation completed.

  • Slappy

    Hmmm….donate or save my money for Dead Space 2…tough one, Chive.

    • 50-50

      I think your DS2 cash pool can survive a $1 hit.

    • chrisdg74

      You pompous dick. Go eat one.

      • John

        Dumbass he was taking the piss of these ds2 ads.
        Btw your using 'pompous' wrong you dick.

    • Dan

      You should not exist

      • KWJ

        Think there's some sarcasm going on that y'all might have missed.

        • Slappy

          Thanks KWJ. Sarcasm..c'mon Chivers. I figured of all people, chivers would get it. Oh well. I suppose only a few were too dense to get it and the rest just thumbed down like sheep.

    • bigox

      If you dont like the ads, why have you not installed abp yet? use fanboys list, never see an ad again.

  • http://www.clockbog.com/ denzino

    Count it! The Chive rocks!

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