I know it's late but we're going hard this week so there will be a lot of posts beyond the regular hours.
It's #RAKit week so we're literally RAK'ing racks (of ribs) tomorrow.
Many of you remember Seth Ringley and Blake Giles. The BBQ gurus who created Triple G Relief dropped everything and to spend two months helping to feed victims of the F5 tornado that ripped through Oklahoma City last year.
Tomorrow we're joining forces once again with the Triple G Relief boys for a special happening outside the new Chive HQ and we're inviting all of you to join us for a free BBQ lunch at theCHIVE. There will also be some very worthy charities there we'd like you to meet:
Operation Blue Santa will be there as well as Austin Pets Alive! and all we ask is you give a small donation to help make Christmas a special time for underprivileged kids and maybe help get some cats and dogs some much-needed food.
Austin Pets Alive! is burning thru almost 6,000 lbs. of dog and cat food every month to sustain all the animals at this no-kill shelter. They could use our help and something tells me there will be a big check from us here at theCHIVE waiting for you when you get here tomorrow :)
Operation Blue Santa was the recipient of a $50,000 grant from Chive Charities last year and they are ramping up efforts to go even bigger this Christmas after the Chivers helped Blue Santa bring Christmas to over 4,000 families last year. I mean, it's Half Christmas after all.
Most importantly - if you don't have $5 to donate, don't sweat it, just come by and experience some great BBQ and meet theCHIVE crew. The BBQ will be in the cul-de-sac next to theCHIVE HQ. Look for the firetrucks and Mac trying to adopt all the cats.
You are all welcome here,
John n' Leo
Mornings are rough, I'm not going to sugarcoat it. The only thing that's usually on my mind when I roll into the office each morning is how fast can I get a cup of coffee and how much time do I have to waste before lunch arrives. It's a delicate art form, and unfortunately I left my Indiana Jones whip at home so things were looking bleak in a hurry. Then, as if out of a movie, the angelic figure of a woman carrying several boxes of something into the office caught my gaze. That someone was Caitlin Hawthorne our grant assistant over at Chive Charities, and that something was an arsenal of baked goods, brownies, cookies, etc. Needless to say, this changed the mood around here real quick.
That was Caitlin's RAK to our office this morning. And to be honest, it was f%^&ing amazing. And it got me thinking, being that it is RAK Week after all, that this would be a great call to arms for all you guys out there looking to put a smile on some of your co-workers' faces. So bring in any baked goods, bagels, cookies, or whatever goodie that you think will turn the tides at your workplace and send in your photos (or not, it's up to you) to #RAKit
Or if you prefer to use theCHIVE submit page go HERE
Most importantly have some fun. It might seem like a small act, but I promise it will make someone's day. It made ours.
No kind act is too trivial.
Today we’re going to embark on a great social experiment, RAKit week. I had written this silly grandiose thing earlier, something about the harmonic vibrations between people, the intangible connections that reverberate through the empty space and affect us all whether we know it or not. Don’t believe it? Set one guitar closely across from another and strum a chord, see how the other guitar reacts - it will vibrate back. I just butchered both Tesla and the Harmonic String Theory there but I’m striving to a point.
When one random individual connects to another… and then to another, something actually happens. Nobody can prove it exists really, such are theories of non-physical phenomena, but I think it does. And maybe with all the chaos happening across the globe right now some group should try and harness some positive energy by stringing a bunch of Random Acts of Kindness together and, ya know, see what happens.
So RAKit week begins. We’ll be bringing you heartwarming stories everyday from Chive HQ. We have awesome events planned for the whole spectrum, firefighters to animal shelters. Yes, there will still be cleavage but we’re going to heavy up on the small kindnesses that make a big difference this week, and we’re inviting y’all to get in on it. In fact, we want you in the driver’s seat of this social experiment.
Keep your heads up a little more to the world around you, maybe there’s an old lady who needs her lawn mowed or somebody down on their luck who just needs an ear to listen. Be creative and feel free to share your RAK’s using the hashtag #RAKit on social media . You can also submit them to theCHIVE, or just do it to put a smile on somebody's face, which is the point.
Above all, have FUN with this. You’ll be surprised how these small generosities will reflect back at you in ways you never imagined, so put your fingers on the strings and make some noise this week!
John n’ Leo
Imagine you're a single mother with a 6 month-old infant and you're watching your little girl have her 15th seizure of the day. As if being the mother of a healthy child isn't hard enough, this must be heartbreaking.
Shortly after little Judith turned 1 year old, she was finally diagnosed with CDKL5, a rare X-linked genetic disorder that results in seizures, sensory issues, and developmental delays.
Chive Charities and The Chive Fund is stepping up with a $14,200 grant which will go towards therapy equipment, adaptive furniture, a SAMi monitor to alert Kaitlyn, Judith's mother, if Judith is seizing at night, and an iPad with vision therapy apps.
Read the Judith's entire inspirational story RIGHT HERE!
Read all about this amazing thing we call the Chive Fund RIGHT HERE!
Related Note: Next week is #RAKit week on theCHIVE. We're ramping up for the largest global pay-it-forward movement ever. We can't wait to share the details with you later this week but, mainly, it's just going to be a ton of fun.
Chive Fest Seattle tickets available RIGHT HERE!
We've touched down in Seattle for Chive Fest and can't wait to party with everyone underneath the Space Needle. It's going to be an absolute shitshow, and to celebrate the Pacific Northwest, we've made the Washington Keep Calm available.
A portion of proceeds from this shirt goes to Chive Charities.
Get your Washington Keep Calm right HERE.
When it comes to charity, charm, and drinking at altitude, our Denver Chivers are a standalone group of unexplainable misfits. This one's for you.
The rumblings that Denver Chive Fest was shaping up to be a sonic monster turned out to be true. We are proud to officially announce Denver Chive Fest will include performances from Cold War Kids, Steel Panther, Talib Kweli, Delta Spirit, White Denim, Moon Taxi and Spanish Gold.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will headline.
Also, if you've never had the pleasure of seeing 80's tribute band Steel Panther live, you will never forget it.
Tickets for Denver Chive Fest are available RIGHT HERE!
Chive Fest Seattle tickets available RIGHT HERE!