How the Chivers changed a life in one hour (15 HQ Photos)

Here at theCHIVE, we'd always wanted to create a charity to champion the orphaned causes of the world, a charity for the underdogs. We endeavor to give meaning to unfamiliar acronyms like SMS, OI, and yesterday, the story of a Chivette named Gina with CRPS.

The day of a launch is the culmination of so much hard work. Brian Mercedes, the Executive Director of Chive Charities and myself work for weeks to craft the story with Gina's help. Everybody at theCHIVE offices pitches in with these stories, it's truly a group effort. Then there's the travel, finishing touches, and the tense moments prior to second when Gina finally hits the publish button on her own story.

But after that, Gina's story no longer belongs to us. We put it in the capable hands of theCHIVE community. And you've proven that your capacity for giving is unmatched by any community, online or otherwise.

We'd set Gina's financial goal at $60,000 and launched the story at 1pm PST. Thirty minutes later we'd raised $25,000, at which point, the giving only accelerated. Each time we refreshed the page, another $5,000 would appear. Gina turned to me and said, "I can't believe this is happening."

Just past 2pm, the Chivers hit the $60,000 goal. We had never raised that much money that fast, ever. It took you only one hour to forever change the course of a woman's life. Gina was overwhelmed, as were the rest of us. There were tears. Then beer.

Thanks you, Chivers. We really wanted this one. We all fell in love with Gina here. We watched her smile and joke around, all while fighting through constant pain and tremors. You've helped ease her pain, both physically and emotionally. You should all be very proud.

Here are how events unfolded yesterday. Enjoy...

We raised the money so fast, many Chivers have emailed us wanting to help. It’s easy, simply make a donation to the Chive Fund.

The Chive Fund exists to support people in need of smaller generosities than the headline campaigns, help underfunded campaigns meet their goals, and build support that allows Chive Charities to operate (currently 1 awesome employee). Leo and I will never receive a paycheck from Chive Charities.

The Chive Fund recently reunited USAF SSgt Mark Barrett with his family and Autistic son. That story here.

More about the amazing Chive Fund right here.

Thanks again to all the Chivers for your support yesterday. You’ve given a voice to thousands of CRPS sufferers and helped a deserving girl when she needed it the most. You really are helping make the world 10% happier.


John n’ Leo

Gina’s Twitter Machine.

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  • jason

    So awesome. Love this community. Glad we raised awareness! Me, just like many others im sure, had no idea this disease existed. Very serious, scary, and heart-wrenching. It will be very difficult for me to ever complain about achy joints and knees again lol

  • Ajint

    I'm proud to call myself a loving son, brother, husband, step father and friend… This here is the reason why I'm proud to put Chiver next to those titles. Congrats Chive Nation; we did it again!!

    Gina, I think I speak for everyone when I say get well, stay well and live happy!

  • Jason

    So why is this the first headline story we've seen in 2 months when Chive Charities was set up to do 1-2 a month? And where are the smaller charity stories that are supposed to be listed on the site. I have a friend who sent in an application for donations over 2 months ago because she is in need of serious financial assistance due to multiple chronic illnesses and the inability to get health insurance. She spends in excess of $50,000 a year in medical expense and could benefit greatly from even a smaller donation, it doesn't need to be one of the headline funds.

  • Gina

    Thanks for all the new computers and phones, suckers!

    • LuvsHorror


  • Parky

    This is the reason I LOVE this site! Gina, you are amazingly brave. I am a fairly new Chiver, but stories like this are why I have added Chive Charities to my short list of charities that I support. I would also like to say that you boyfriend Jason has garnered a huge amount of respect from me (and probably many others). Best, a Colorado Chiver.

  • Nikki P

    #9 is my favorite. Everyone is looking at the total and celebrating and her bf is looking at her. That's love. I hope that the treatment brings relief! Blessings to you all.

  • Canucks_Rule

    #7 – very cool.

  • Nanook

    Yesterday, I noted I had not cried in years since my momma died. Well, the new run lasted exactly one day. I am honored to be part of this event and The Chive in general. Gina, you are wonderful and an inspiration. Kick ass girl!

  • bradk

    Who is cutting onions in here? Chive on

  • Candlejack

    Go fuck yourself guilty white liberal, this is what The Chive is all about.

  • LuvsHorror

    I am very happy to be part of the Chive community. Although sometimes I get very irritated with some of the comments, over all, this is a great bunch. They have proven that repeatedly.

  • Shakezulathemicrula

    I wanna work for the Chive so bad!

  • Kevin

    #3 Sir, you know your not allowed to be out in public in utility right? Set the example.

  • geoff

    f**king awesome! glad I could help again!! Chive Charities Rock!!! Go Gina KCCO!

  • Shawna

    I was in Sam's Club, picking up meds of my own and was waiting for this campaign to start. My husband I sat in the little cafeteria area while I logged into chivecharties and I made our $50 donation. Only once it was completed did I go pick up my meds. Gina, God speed and good luck. And #ChiveNation let's keep doing what we've been doing!

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