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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  • Fisheyes

    $5. Done.

  • Apollos

    I'm in!

  • Pete

    donation completed…suck it up chivers

  • BravesFan

    Really cool to see how many are helping. Hopfully we'll give them enough support they won't have to worry about getting more donations for some time.

  • Roughneck

    Me and a few of my Cac buddies got $5 each on the way…SCOUTS OUT!!!

  • mac

    good deed of the day – done. thx for finding a good cause, chive-style.

  • jake


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  • jtlepain

    Donated, now buy those Teddy Bears! Chive On!

  • mrjimmyos

    F*** yeah I'm donating, as everyone else should too!

    EDIT: Oh shit, I think we crashed their page!

    • jake

      Alright everyone, mail that shit in

      • mrjimmyos

        Lmao, I'll keep trying the site on the hour :D

  • Apollos

    can theCHIVE put up a donation meter so we can see how we're doing?

  • Chris A

    I hope these folks get all the support they need. I'm currently studying to be a Nurse and a large part of my family is in Health Care and my Sister is a volunteer Firefighter. I know how hard she and all the Men and Woman at the Fire Station work. This was well worth the donation. It takes a lot to dedicate your time and life to the service of others. Keep up the good works.

  • Metelx

    Good thing I have a friend in Philadelphia!

  • chrisdg74

    10-spot on the way.

  • aaron

    Someone calculate the amount of money pledged on these boards. It better be equal to or less than the amount actually donated. Put your money where your mouth is and help these people out. No shame if you aren't able.

  • Dub Genus

    10 on it.

  • jules

    Y Pay Pal Site no Work!!?? Lol, I'll just have to send it in later once the Chive-gestion clears:)

    I know, I know…I'm corny as hell:)

  • Alex

    You guys are about to know the power you have in your hands, all together. I`ll invite you to do this every week, because the time is running and the real good changes in the world must be done now! Congratultions from a Chiver from Mèxico.

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

    Done and done! just wish i could donate more.

  • Brian Bonevich

    Same here, wish I could do more. But I did donate what I usually drop on some afternoon coffee…

  • Wayne

    I’m in… Done.

  • Irock

    Transaction Complete
    We thank you for your donation of $10.00.

    And I made sure to give a thumbs down to all of the idiot posts.

  • southern a'hole

    40 people on the rescue squad in Fluvanna County? Isn't that the adult population of the entire county?

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

      Change your stupid name, you give real southern people a bad name, douche.

  • BrandonO

    Donation on the way. Thanks for all you do.

  • LondonEffect

    God Bless

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