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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  • ryeguy

    These guys are true heroes. Someone needs to get this to the state or federal level to try and get some help for these guys. Hope that someone, somewhere steps up to help them. God bless..

  • Adam

    $5 for Shay!

    Oh, and this charity thing too.

  • brian

    30 bucks, bam donated.

  • Hofner1962

    #3 for hump day???

  • abrewer15

    Slappy, you are a douche. Since you feel the need to be a complete tool save your damn money. My $50 dollar donation can be on behalf of both of us. I am sure that your lack of employment and over abundance of mommy's nurturing and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crust cut out and caused you to lack civility or priorities. Get a life sir; if you don't want to donate then don't, however, keep your ignorance to yourself.

    Now since I had to be all grown up….. ( . Y . ) boobies. That is all.

  • Mark Cook

    Donated 10 bucks…Bravo Chive….

  • PeaJay

    Good work Chive. Fluvanna County gets $5 from me. Keep it up!

  • abrewer15

    Slappy, you are a douche. Since you feel the need to be a complete tool save your damn money. My $50 dollar donation can be on behalf of both of us. I am sure that your lack of employment and over abundance of mommy's nurturing and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crust cut out and caused you to lack civility or priorities. Get a life sir

  • Iceman05

    Fellow chivers,

    This should be a no-brainer! You can find a $1 or $2 in your couch. It's a great way to help a local organization that really needs your support!

  • wave1

    $10.00 from the neighbours to the north!

  • Jen

    I'm having a hard time understanding why a wealthy country like the USA lets certain citizens subsist without adequate emergency care, while others have only the best.
    Have Americans never heard of transfer payments?
    Do you have no respect or regard for your fellow citizens?
    This is no way to live.
    When people govern themselves in a true and caring way, charity is not – and should not – be necessary.
    It might be difficult to understand for someone who has grown up in an every-man-for-himself mentality, but it might interest you to know that other parts of the world figured this problem out a long time ago.

    • Martin

      Typical America bashing response from an ignorant socialist.
      Charity is not necessary? So its better that a government forces you to give what they think is enough?
      Here is a great website doing a great thing for a great group of people that need help.
      And what exactly did you contribute? A smart ass comment about how stupid America is.
      Very original Jen. And you wonder why we don't give a shit what the rest of the world thinks?

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  • chivette

    i have literally never donated to an "online cause" before, but i'm sending fluvanna county $4… a buck for each picture of me you put up a few weeks ago thereby making my week & skyrocketing my self image with your comments. long live the chive

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  • mexico

    it seems like the donation page its down….

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.desfossez Thomas Desfossez

    Donation completed

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

    John and the staff of the Chive I have to thank you. My donation is on its way.

  • CanadianChiver

    i know im being a huge smartass here, but this is kinda like how socialized healthcare works, eh? :D

    • Charlene

      My thoughts exactly.
      The fact that an American Emergency Service has to go begging…
      Do they have to be hot on the head with a hammer?

  • Barry Deditch

    Was happy to donate

  • Brad Lutz

    Boom! You had me at Teddy Bear. Best damn thing I've done this year. Here's my $20,

  • Madspoon

    The example donation was 123.45. Seemed like a good amount. Kids in ambulances deserve teddy bears.

  • Jabos

    Boom…done. Helping those that help others is always a worthy cause.

  • Maynard B.

    Geez Kenny, of course that's what The Chive is about. Ya think all we do all day is stare at boobs?………well …..ok……that does take up quite a bit of our time……..here's a twenty dude, come to think of it, maybe I should send some dinero to the local fire house. They picked my ass up off of the road one time in '94 when I got hit by a car. And as an RN, I've seen some of the battered souls they bring in to the E.D. Good luck and godspeed folks.

  • Ben Robinson

    Glad to see this on here.Very cool, Chive. Got my donation, hope the support continues!

  • Chris Middleton

    Before I wiped the sleep outta my eyes this morning, I went to thechive.com and saw this… Immediatly pay-pal'd $10!

    Semper Fi

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