The Baltimore Sun // January 9, 2014

Random acts fuel fundraising efforts

By Megan Brockett, The Baltimore Sun

Janice O'Donnell watched the number on her screen climb and climb and climb. And when she couldn't watch any more, there were text messages from friends asking if she was watching.

By the end of the day, close to $50,000 had poured in through the Chive Charities campaign set up to benefit her 2-year-old-daughter, Addyson, who was born with spina bifida.

"I basically spent the entire day crying," O'Donnell said.

She had expected maybe a couple thousand dollars, at the most. But fundraising campaigns run by Chive Charities have a way of exceeding expectations.

The organization is an offshoot of a photo-based entertainment and humor website that has developed a cult following and an almost unexplainable tradition of generosity among its supporters, who are known as Chivers.

Even before the charity branch formed in 2012, Chivers throughout the nation were known, if only among themselves, for practicing random acts of kindness....

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