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.

  • 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. !!

  • http://www.southfosterfire.com Jonathan Barrette

    I donated. This is a problem nation wide. I am a Captain on the South Foster Volunteer Fire Company and our funding was also cut this year!. We are left with decisions on what bills not to pay, fuel, insurance, etc. So if you have a dollar left over go visit http://www.southfosterfire.com and hit the paypal button there! And if you have a local volunteer fire company, stop by and see what you can do to help your neighbors!

  • James

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/zues86 Jesus Muniz

    DONATION COMPLETE!!!!

  • Brian Lalonde

    I had a buck 40 left in my paypal account, just sent it your way. Wish it could be more. Best of luck to you and thanks for all that you do. You are good people and you should be pround of yourselfs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steviekutys Stevie Nicole Kutys

    done!

  • http://www.facebook.com/longzr Long Tan

    anything to help, we're all in this together. donation done

  • Bob

    The little girl reminds me of my daughter who had a pink polar bear. Donation of 20 done!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Darthbob67 Harrison Lee

    Hey guys, I stumbled on to Chive yesterday and I'm already hooked. Somehow managed to pull myself away from the cheezeburger network, and have had a blast. Found this today and just wanted to say that Chive is now my homepage for being totally BAMF. 40 bucks are headed that way.

    Chive on

  • Adam

    $5 donated. Chive on!

  • Anonymous

    This makes me sad that in a developed country one of the most powerful people are put in a position of having to pay for help.
    I’m proudly from Canada i’ve never had to pause, check my bank account, or my medical insurance to worry about calling for help or going for help.
    Politics aside why would one promote a society where you need to pay for help, don’t make this a communist or socialist issue Cuba ranks higher on health care than you guys. Your postal service, police, firemen, military, teachers are government ran that seemed to work out alright.

  • otto

    done

  • Braintoken

    did!

  • nstrdmes

    These guys live and work down the road from me. great folks with big hearts.

  • saltygary

    $10 away. Good luck guys. Our town has a volunteer FD up here in NH and you guys play a major role.

    BTW if the Chive is floating you guys this year then I demand you paint "Tits or it Burns" on all the trucks.

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

      Although I know you're joking, I laughed my ass off at that.

      • RGATEWOOD

        you know we had actually talked about what we could possibly do to thank all of you chivers and the staff for doing this, but he havent been able to come up with a solution that our board will agree to. Thanks to all of you out there donating.

  • Holleywierd

    As a two time Iraq veteran I've had a million thank yous, but I can't give enough respect back to the people who serve those who need it most. You are my hereos!

  • Nec

    I have done as thou has comanded…

  • Rob

    Done and done! Glad to help guys!

  • Cardno85

    What a good cause, I know many a volunteer fireman in rural communities in Scotland and I would hope you would donate to us if it came to it. I know mine’s not much, but every bit counts eh?

    • Cardno85

      Is it just me or has the site crashed? I am finding it impossible to get onto it to donate.

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