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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  • Holleywierd

    $10 isn't much but hope it helps in the big picture!

  • HullaBalloo

    I think The Chive has been hoodwinked here.
    Some more thorough investigation is warranted before thousands of Chivers donate their hard-earned money.
    Did you check these folks out?

    • Agillen87

      The Chive have been talking with these people for about a week I believe. I'm sure they would look into this before they asked us to do this. I personally think my $10 is donated well, and that it can't hurt to once in a while believe that some people are good out there and deserve our help.

      • iletastinky

        I wouldn't say hoodwinked, but I will tell you I was disappointed when I learned the shots of people on backboards were staged.

        • Mike

          It's against current law (HIPPA, ? spelling there) to take a picture of an active patient without their consent. Besides, on a stretcher, in the back of an Ambulance is really not a good time to ask for a "release"!

          • dustin

            since I'm a volunteer EMT and FF i thought I'd clear it up. 1 any picture can technically be taken at scene but it may not show the individuals face, and traditionally (morally/ethically) you just shouldnt take the picture. also it appears to me that many of the pictures (ex. girl on backboard) are simply pictures taken while they are training.

            and trust me that girl in the back of the ambulance most likely isnt an emergent call and was most likely a "photo op".

            First the patient isn't strapped down with all the stretcher straps, and the strap that on is very loose. second there are no lights/code3 light on (look through the front window). Also, in my years of experience, most young children in the back of an ambulance wouldnt be that photogenic and in fact are crying, very nervous, or generally dont look good

            but that my two cents

            make sure you donate!

  • Give An Arch Enemey

    I can't believe you guys have to raise money for your emergency care through donations!
    USA is Third World!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Wallace/1386333703 Jeremy Wallace

      no its called a recession (take an economics course) and when that occurs the goverment cuts aid where it can. Unfortunatley that sometimes means services like the ones provided by The Fluvanna County Rescue Squad. These people are proud and wouldnt ask for help if they didnt need so the good people of the U.S and other countries represented on the chive answer the call. Times get tough but when they do we come together.

  • Libertariandude

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

  • eaddict

    $100 Donation made! Awesome to be able to help volunteers like these!

  • moeshere Foxdale

    I knew I loved this site for some reason…And not just the girls…you guys rock..and you just signed me to chive for life….WAY TO GO MAN…
    I will get mine in the mail….Promise…

  • anita

    donation sent!

  • choosepcs

    $20 donated. God bless!

  • Dude

    Their site is down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Forrest-Herron/1287270554 Forrest Herron

    As a website thats primarily focused on humor, this an amazing thing your doing Chive. This is an amazing cause and I couldn't be more happy to help. The same goes for all the members of the Fluvanna County EMTs. I admire your dedication. This is truly a great thing.

  • Stev0

    The site is Still down. Will try again later.

  • Spencur

    donation sent,

    you guys are the reason the world is still rolling, keep it up and it hope it helps.

    ps last picture made me tear up :'(

  • M.B

    The internet can be a great thing!

    • Hofner1962

      Yep – just like whipped cream. It's all about how it is used.

  • Ouboet

    I'm too lazy to work out what $10 is in my currency, but I now have $10 less in my bank account.

    • Deaner

      About R70, ouboet. ;)

      • Ouboet

        Lekker. Thanks!

  • I-fone

    Chive iPhone app …. Why u no work?!?!?! Aaauuuggghhhh!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.kenghaywong.co.uk Ken

    I want to donate but the site is down, hurry up before I change my mind! :p

  • P90

    Ambulances aren't free?, that's mental.

  • mith

    I live in a small Kansas town that is all volunteer as well. I know the plight of these brave men and women. One of my best friends has been an EMT for 20+ years and on the volunteer fire department for almost 30 years. I have actually been toying with the idea of signing up aswell. I know that large amounts of money have been raised already but I will do my part and hope others do too. I encourage everyone that lives in smaller "volunteer" towns to do the same for you local Fire and Rescue also. They need your support aswell, not just money wise but also in the knowledge that what they do is not over looked and taken for granted. Thumbs up Chive. This is top shelf.

  • Terry

    I used to know someone very dear to me that was a volunteer EMT in Baltimore…David Duty. David is no longer with us, but I think of the love he had for being a volunteer. Keep up the good work and I hope you raise lots of teddy bear money.

  • hockey dude 11

    It's in the mail.

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  • Geoff

    Now that's AWESOME!!! My dollar is on its way. Chive on!

  • Joe

    Done deal.

  • vryedenker

    Is it gay if I have tears in my eyes?

  • Ninjack

    Boom $10 down, let's see that new chivette of week!

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