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.