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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  • Tommy Wren

    i just donate 20 to the cause. To all Law Enforcement, Fire, EMT..and other public safety peeps. THANK YOU.


  • Matt

    Just sent a 20 spot compliment's from your friend's from the West Coast, So Cal. Chiver's take care of their own!

  • Ethan

    Ive got a pile of stuffed animals I was taking to the local PD but it looks like you can use em more. I'll be sending a box on to that address

  • Maddog

    I think this IS, indeed, the best damn site in the world. Although it's sometimes at other people's expense, you provide laughter and a smile to millions of people who would otherwise just mope through their day. And although that might come off as something trivial, some humor in this world is exactly what we need more of. Now you guys are philanthropic too!? Un-f*@$ing believable! My dollar's going in!

    Thanks for doing what you do, Chive!

  • Cblaze

    these are exactly the type of people that i want to help. thank you for bringing this to my attention. $10…….Boom!

  • Wally W

    Understood, but don't areas with a high tax base transfer some of their revenues to areas with lower tax bases?

  • mike tike

    $32.67 done.lets put some donations down for these guys .great cause.great job chivers

  • Scott

    I donated 10 bucks Chive on

  • John Hart

    Money sent

  • Matt

    Money is sent!

  • paulhitchcock


  • compadv

    In for $25.00. Chive on.

  • asd

    i dont have a single… will a 20 do?

  • Josh Stone

    how do i go about making a donation?

  • MattFoley

    It's just sad when the government doesn't guarantee that everybody has the right to be taken care of. It's even sadder when people want it to be this way.

    • maxwell1965x

      Sorry, the government can't make any such guarantee. In fact, no one has the "right" to anything that must be provided by another human being. That's called slavery. Every American has the right to engage in commerce for a whole bevy of goods and services — including health care.

      In a relatively wealthy society, we should be able to provide some level of care for those who need it. However, transforming that into a "right" — an entitlement is part of the reason the federal and state governments are in such dire financial straights. Rather than taxing and spending on wasteful bureaucracy and having less money available for actual help, this effort will actually provide more assistance.

  • Jake

    What's one less beer at the bars this weekend? I've got $5.00 on that for sure.

  • lewpress

    Awesome – I think you crashed their site, which means a lot of folks are willing to donate – very cool. You should make this one of your weekly deals.

  • lordhellion

    Challenge Accepted

  • Unwavering

    Done, good luck guys.

  • http://djgrumpypants.com DJ GrumpyPants

    Sent them my 5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Steve916 Steve Franco

    Sending some cash their way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Steve916 Steve Franco

      Oh yeah, and I've got stuffed animals lying around… I'll be boxing those as well. Anything to help comfort kids that are hurting is worth the shipping costs.

      Chive on!

  • Dan

    I'll only donate if you promise to get rid of those dead space 2 adds

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

      Why would theCHIVE want to miss out on the income from those ads just so you will donate a dollar to a volunteer service? Get an ad blocking add-on or something. Adblock Plus is a free add-on for firefox and works quite well.

  • Ray

    Gave in some $$! Hope it helps! Be careful out there guys!!

    -Ray from NYC

  • Scott

    Time to dig the change jar outta the closet. Must be at least $20-$30 in there once it hits the coin counting machine…I'm in.

  • Stephanie


    Chive on From Virginia Beach

    • Card

      same here

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