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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  • Jacob Leathem

    $5 done! you should post something that says how much you were able to get donated and repost this monthly!

  • TheTruth

    I want to donate, but the website won't load? Hopefully it's due to too much traffic from theChive!

  • jkpz28

    Donation Complete, hope it helps.

  • pjsupremex

    jefferson donated!

  • Cloudy

    Donation completed.

  • alysinwunderland

    and climbing! over 17.5k now

    • Brandon Reinhart

      TheChive is the Boss!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kingcam Cameron Peebles


    I thought there would be a place to add comments with the donation. There wasn't. Not sure how to give theCHIVE credit for the donation.

    • iletastinky

      Oh- I think they'll know!

  • MigraineBoy

    The website is down. :(

  • Kman

    I sure hope that little girl was ok. That sort of thing wrenches my heart strings.

  • CDJ

    I don't have much but I'll send what I can. You guys at theChive should know that this is real stand up stuff. Not a lot of websites would do this. Proud to be a chiver.

  • MikkelHS

    10$ comming your way from Denmark, keep up the good work!

  • Naz1962

    I also dropped a fiver on the site – THANK YOU Fluvanna County for all you do! Signed: A Nebraska Chiver :)

  • Jason

    Great job Chive! I'm in.

  • n8d

    Their donation page has a site counter at the bottom… close to 18,000 page views. Nice job Chive

  • Psy419

    Threw in a $10 spot. Happy to see how amazing this turnout looks so far! So many good people in the world and so many awesome Chivers!

  • rachie

    i tried to donate a small little token from my little purse in Scotland but is no workin?

  • Will

    I think their donate page couldn't handle all the traffic, it's down. Good news though.
    I'll just do something exceptional on the interwebz: actually wait, and make my donation then :)

  • mischasimpson

    We don't have much here either but $5 isn't too much for me and I am sure not for others

  • Truly, no Curmudgeon

    Haters gonna hate, but I did my homework. Based on the website http://quickfacts.census.gov Fluvanna County had a median household income of $64,289 in 2008 and only 6.7% of its people were below the poverty level that year. Both of these are significantly better than the Illinois county in which I live. A further indication of its favored financial status is that despite having a population less than half that of the county in which I live, Fluvanna County issued 2.5 times as many building permits in 2009.

    We support our own services, thank you very much, by taxing ourselves and through fundraisers. As noble as are the efforts of this Chiver and The Chive, I'll donate locally rather than contribute to those who seem better off than me and my neighbors.

    • Ohforfuckssake

      you are a cheap bastard. spend the fucking dollar already!!

      • MaxSpain

        Fuck that. We don't want his dollar.

      • Truly, no Curmudgeon

        I spent my dollar already to support local services here. And I'm not cheap — I contributed over $500 to our local fire service in 2010 (voluntarily — I'm not counting taxes). How about you?

        The people of Fluvanna County, though statistically better off than people around me but have apparently chosen not to support their local services. Their choice.

        • MaxSpain

          No your just an ass for taking the time to research and post that here. Seriously, trolling the Chive isnt going to make you feel any better about yourself…

    • alysinwunderland

      Yea, and there is also this thing called "cost of living" to take into account. And I would be willing to bet that you haven't given a fuckin' dime to support any "services" in your area.

      • Truly, no Curmudgeon

        You'd lose the bet.

    • MattFoley

      Get the hell out of this website. Now.

    • iletastinky

      if this urges you to donate locally-BRAVO!!! You probably would not have done that today. Mission accomplished. Just do it!

      • Truly, no Curmudgeon

        Been there, done that. That's my point.

    • T-Rip

      This isn't a contest over who has more or less. It's people asking for help. You're stats are nice but that was also 2/3 years ago so you have no idea what it's like now. The bottom line here is that these are people asking for HELP so they can HELP others.

    • jimbo

      you're a selfish ass. GTFO

      • Truly, no Curmudgeon

        Let me see if I understand. . . . Rather than respond emotionally to this request for help I took a rational look at the facts. I discovered these people are better off than me and my neighbors. You conclude I am selfish because I am unwilling to give money to folks ostensibly better off than us. I will not say GTFO, but I will say your logic is perverse.

        Based on your logic we should have a retrogressive income tax and tax the poor at a higher rate than the rich.

    • Mr President to You

      @Truly – I'm not going to hate on you. I live in VA and know this county well. First, the building permits are for farm buildings (not hotels, businesses, houses, etc…). Second – the household income takes into account all government provided assistance on the federal and state and local levels (disability, social security, welfare, etc) as well as government farm grants. There is no industry to speak of in this area other than farming and if you want a job you need to travel a good distance to get to DC, Richmond, Fredericksburg, etc…

  • ohforfuckssake

    I got $15 on it.

  • Ben

    You got some from me.
    Cheers Chive!

  • Darius

    Dropped a few in the bucket. Good luck guys. CHIVE ON!!!!

  • http://www.pceh.org SweetJesus

    SweetJesus is down for a 20-spot.

  • Jon

    $10 from me…and I'm broke

  • SueVDB

    Thank you to all you Chivers! You are all amazing folks!

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