Farrah Soudani thanks the Chivers (6 Photos, 2 Videos)

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A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Farrah Soudani, a 22 year-old girl badly injured in the theater shootings in Aurora, CO. Farrah's injuries were so extensive nobody knew if the fragile girl would live; she lost a kidney, her spleen, and her left leg needed reconstructing. Farrah had no medical insurance.

After the shootings, hundreds of Chivers from Colorado contacted me about Farrah and we took immediate action and posted Farrah's story. I sent the Chivers to a GoFundMe donation page set up for Farrah by Victoria Albright, a family friend who took the initiative to set up the page with Farrah's mother's blessing. Within two days, the Chivers had donated more than $160,000 to Farrah, a record for GoFundMe.

On Friday, the money was successfully transferred into an Irrevocable Special Needs Trust in Farrah's name. Immediately after, both sides of Farrah's family, Mother Heidi and Father Sam Soudani, joined together at press conference to tell Farrah's story and publicly thank the Chivers (videos below).

Since that time, the hospital has forgiven Farrah's hospital bills but Farrah now faces a lifetime of expensive rehab, both mental and physical. Her once-hazy future has been made much brighter by the Chivers amazing generosity.

Farrah has a long road ahead of her, she is yet to walk and but she is determined to overcome any obstacles in order to return her life to normal again. The Chivers have helped pave the way. Farrah sent these photos to me and asked me to thank all the Chivers for what they've done. You stepped up and helped when she needed it the most.

On a personal note, many of you know that I grant very few interviews. We are the underground social network and I don't need mainstream media to spread the word of theCHIVE. I choose instead to let theCHIVE speak for itself. Leo and I decided a long time ago that it would be the positive actions of the Chive community that would spread theCHIVE good word in hopes, of course, that the Chivers would continue to be the positive place it remains today.

And you haven't let us down, your generosity and kind spirit has changed people's lives and theCHIVE continues to make the world a better place one Chive On at a time. Because the Chivers have demanded to help others in need more often, we have created a new non-profit worthy of the Chivers prodigious capacity for helping others, Chive Charities. We're manning up.

In the coming weeks, we will unveil Chive Charities, theCHIVE's official in-house charity, it will be the new mouthpiece for the underprivileged, it will give a voice to the orphaned disorders of the world, and it will change the charity paradigm forever.

Too often these days, charitable donations go to bloated "general funds" and trickle down to the individual only after greedy execs and lavish overheads pluck your money. Online charity threatens the old model, as well it should, and Chive Charities will lead the charge.

For the uninitiated, few understand the core that makes theCHIVE tick, it's just a website they say, it just posts funny photos and hot chicks, right? I just smile and nod. Because I know something they don't.


John n' Leo

Donate to Farrah RIGHT HERE.

Enjoy the media coverage below about theCHIVERS “Remarkable fundraising effort.” Donate to Farrah RIGHT HERE.

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  • Samantha


    I live in Denver and this weekend it's been amazing to see all the props the chivers are getting here. Go Farrah! Awesome job, Chivers.

    • Daniel Tosh

      In my job interview they ask me if I'm part of any club or fraternities, I said "No I'm not, I'm a chiver" need less to say it felt good to be proud of what I am.

  • Dorian


    Chive Charities will be a juggernaut.

    • tv_paul

      I signed the petition. It'll only take a minute of your time and may help a little girl who may not have much time left get her message across.

    • Question_Mark_

      I can't wait to see what this becomes!

    • _LG

      Can the Chivers PLEASE help this thirteen year old girl. If the Chive nation can perform everything that this post demonstrates, can we stand up as a community and grant this dying girl her final wish as well: http://www.causes.com/actions/1675868

      Her video plea is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DJmjzCwalM&fe

      • https://www.facebook.com/jefferey.mccauley Jefferey Mccauley

        Video removed by user?

      • Really?

        Please visit the link LG posted, Talia is an amazing young girl who has to make a decision no 13 year old should ever have to think about. Sign and let's help her go out with a smile.

        • a-nom


  • Zak


  • Dennis


    Way to step up, Chivers, this is why I chive.

  • AB

    Awesome. Happy to be a part of an incredible community. Let's keep it up!

  • Will

    Farrahwell to being sick!

  • humperdink

    Way to go chivers!!!

  • Sarah

    #5, #6

    I used to work for a non prof, you're lucky to see 60% of the money go where it needs to go. My boss made $250,000 a year. Love that John takes a shot over their bow today.

    • tommy

      The old guard hears footsteps…

  • Jeff

    Keep chiving on Farrah! Get well soon!

  • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

    #6 Well… that'll be the end of it.

    – the one you love to hate

    • http://www.facebook.com/evening.s.barron Whiskey Rose Knight

      I realize you are a troll and I'm feeding you by even replying, but could you have the human decency to not be a complete bitch on this particular post? It's so disrespectful, and it's completely against what the Chivers have managed to do here. On this post, if no other, KCCO or GTFO.

    • brucelee

      A serious reply by Paula, is this it? Is this the end?

      It was nice knowing you all.

      • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

        The end of spontaneous Chive charities.

        – the one who will outlive the Chive

        • Needlegun13

          Well, maybe and maybe not. I'm sure a cal lto arms will still rally the troops.
          And I still love you.

  • jttttt

    Keep up the good work chivers!

  • Boozer

    Love you guys! It's great to be able to help the worthy. Chive Charities will be awesome. But still…I do love the boobies!

  • Macro

    Woooo Chive Charities! I can't wait to see what else this place can do for the real world.

    Word to the wise though … go get some damn health insurance.

  • J. Phine

    Get well, can't wait to see a video of you walking out of that hospital!

  • tv_paul

    Get well and send that girl a KCCO shirt STAT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.hoth Nick Coldathanapolabearstoenails Hoth


  • Will


    Love the videos. Chive Charities is going to be amazing methinks

  • https://twitter.com/KCCONewEngland KCCONewEngland

    this is why i love being a chiver. just unreal, wow. keep it up farrah!

  • BrandonB0963

    so glad to c you are up and about Farrah! you have alot of peeps rooting for ya! kcco

  • TigerLily2012

    You truly have found a way to make such an impact and make change in this world. SO MUCH RESPECT FOR YOU GUYS!! I never thought I would trust any group to not abuse their power, never say never. KCCO and keep kicking ass you guys!!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GernBlansten GernBlansten

    Faith in humanity…… ah, fuck it. No meme can encapsulate what has been done here.

  • http://cinemaplastique.tumblr.com MigraineBoy

    Is it to late to donate? I had to miss out on The Chive for a few weeks but I still want to do my part.

    EDIT: Never mind, I found the link. *Facepalm*

  • Drnt79

    Can't wait to donate. I stopped giving to organizations and charities because of the lack of transperency unless I know who the monies are going too. I'll make the suggestion for Wounded Warriors and Carry the Load.

    We are the Chive, for we are Many!!

  • misschris

    I have goosebumps. I'm so proud to be a Chiver. Chive On Farrah!

  • pritter72

    Let's release the hounds!!!!

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