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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  • bradsea

    I got $5 on it

  • Thomas

    Chive on from the Netherlands. Send my last few dollars from a trip last year your way.
    Might take a while to get there though…

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

    $5 in from a fellow first responder. Go Chive.

  • Carlos

    $10 donated

    good cause chive, nothing like hard working Americans

    -from NYC

  • Edo

    getting hands on ASAP, keep up the good work guys, greetings from México

    chive on!

  • Dirty Dingus

    Note to Paypay….Y U NO use current exchange rates? My CDN dollar is worth more than a US dollar…not less.

  • Master Vader

    I've chipped in. I've certainly given to less needy causes. Good luck guys.

  • danakrizan

    As a paramedic I work with 7 different volunteer fire agencies in my area. These folks ROCK!!! Their only reward is what they find inside themselves. The costs that these folks must pay (financially, physically, emotionally and socially) to volunteer is beyond staggering. For these volunteers in Virginia to seek help from us means they must be well over the brink. That one candy bar you don't buy at the store CAN SAVE A LIFE! DONATE DONATE DONATE! And to those volunteers way over in Virginia, Thank YOU… and CHIVE on!!

  • marti383

    This is my first actual post on thechive, but I have been addicted to this site for about a long time. I put in a few dollars to the pot. This is a great and admiral thing being done to help the less fortunate.

  • Michael

    I'm in.

  • cam

    I got $25 on it. Good luck guys.

  • theMorgue77

    Just tossed in my donate and am posting this on my facebook. Chive on America!!

  • nudity and fluids

    In the mail. Thanks Chive for doing this

  • txdude

    $20 on this was much better than getting a lap dance today. Way to go Chive!

  • Dan


  • Jim

    my grandfather was a volunteer fireman for forever. this is a very valuable (dare i say priceless) service these folks provide. to echo a fellow chiver's comment, these are friends and neighbors they are helping…people they know, not just some random crash victim. i dropped 20 in the bucket and i hope it helps.
    thanks for putting this out there Chive Staff so that we can help out.
    SSG Jim K
    U.S. Army

  • BDR529

    Chive on!!!

  • patrick

    10 bucks headed their way

  • NVP

    Honestly, I would rethink some of the pictures you posted on here. Showing someone in a C-collar on a spine board with no one holding the head??? Then strapping them down with no head bed holding the head down???

    If this is the kind of practice you guys perform, maybe it is best that you let a truly professional service come in and take over doing things right. Try and show a bit more professionalism and quit giving vollies a bad name like you have shown here.

    • SueVDB

      Ok, so that was a posed shot (to by-pass the HIPPA laws). I'll pass on the comment to the guys that posed for that!

    • TheJazz

      Blah blah blah, do this, blah blah blah, do that, blah blah blah, I know everything, blah blah blah…..

      Dude donate or GTFO!

    • wowyouradick

      he bud if you want to be a prick about their pictures do it in a journal of medicine not on a site where they are asking for donations real cool man real cool.

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

      You are a complete piece of shit.

    • Mike

      Um, just possibly it was a practice? EMTs and rescue people *do* practice, you know.

    • NVP

      Im just saying, good business practices go along way, and if you guys cant even do a simple drill right, well that kinda explains why you guys might not have any money now. Times are hard on all us vollie depts but we do things we have to do, like bill our customers. That is what insurance is for. You cant help your community if the doors are closed and no one is their to answer the bells.

      You can all me a POS all you want, Im just calling it as I see it. Good luck on the fundraiser.

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

        We see now where you're stupid comments come from. Feeling pissed that you charge people for a service regardless of their income and worth while there are still people out there that help people for free? You probably support the Department that stood on the guy's yard and watched his house burn because he didn't pay his "support". What happened to helping people for the good of man? You know who else charges a "protection fee"? The Mob. Keep your stupid comments to yourself, they don't belong here.

  • SueVDB

    fixed! Thanks!

  • SueVDB

    6:15 PM and you wonderful folks have brought us up over $7500!!! a little over 4 hours!

  • Pinto

    Done and done. A couple bucks won't hurt anybody. Let's see if all the Chivers can do the same. !!

  • James

    Pops put me through school being a Fireman. These guys are doing it for free? I owe it. +$25.

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