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Chive Charities: Cleavage for Kindness – Zach Anner interviews John Resig

Chive Charities: Cleavage for Kindness – Zach Anner interviews John Resig


Hi, I’m Zach Anner and we’re here talking with John Resig, the co-founder of theCHIVE and Chive Charities. What does Chive Charities do? We like to call it the charity for the Underdogs. We like to give people whose disease has never been heard of kind of a megaphone. We also support veterans causes. There are some poster boy diseases that everyone gets real excited about but there are so many things that like just a few hundred people have and that’s where you guys come in. If there’s only 200 people that have a condition in the world there’s no funding there for that. There’s not enough for research or anything. Nope. So those underfunded people become orphans and we support the orphaned causes. That’s awesome! Yeah, and maybe if we raise awareness for someone – like we’re going to talk – to like Zoe Lush who has Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Four years ago, no one knew what brittle bone or Osteogenesis Imperfecta was. A lot of people know now. I lived in Austin for a long time. I knew you guys as a site with pictures of women. How does that mix with the charity side? That’s a really good question actually because funny photos and cleavage gets people in the door. What I think everyone has inside them is the drive to do good. And I think a lot of people don’t know how to focus that good. They don’t know where to give. They don’t know who to give it to. If you’re already in theCHIVE the rules are you have to be a part of the community, you have to do good if you’re there — and enjoy the cleavage. Ya know, Eleanor Roosevelt said it best: “A little cleavage never hurt anyone.” Did she say that? No. I have tried with my cleavage to inspire many donations and it hasn’t worked out. Laughter So you guys also give a lot of Braunability vans away. We are literally the Oprah of giving away ADA accessible vehicles. We gave away like 80 — 80 vans. Whoa! Mobility is the most important thing. Ya know, being able to get around has a sense of liberty to it. Specifically when you have a disability. It’s such a huge deal. My friend sent me a clip of you launching yourself face first down the stairs to try to get into an elevator in New York. How often do you find yourself in a situation where you’re stuck? More often than I’d like. But it’s —it’s— also if we’re filming something, then it’s worth it ‘cause it’s funny. But if we’re not, it’s really annoying. So do you remember the first, like, Braunability van that you gave away? We delivered the first one to Griffin Stein. I personally got to see first hand, the joy that it brought to Griffin. And to see the family’s reaction and how much of a weight that had been lifted off their shoulders. Why are mobility vans so expensive? Because every one is built differently. Every person has a need. It has to be customized to an individual. That raises the price of things. What would be your advice to people that want to get involved? You can donate to our Green Ribbon fund and you can become a really committed giver, but you have to start somewhere. What’s the gateway drug to giving? It’s just giving. Ya know, you give that $10 to a campaign — to a person — to a Griffin Stein, to a Zoe Lush — suddenly, I guarantee you, your day is gonna be better. So in a way, being charitable is the most selfish thing you can do. What are some examples of adventures that people have gone on with their vans that they’ve received? A lot of them needed to get to doctor’s appointments. That’s kind of the standard answer. But, I love it when they use it to have fun and just be kids. Yeah, and it also allows you to engage with the world and be part of it. I don’t want the world to come to me, I want to experience it for myself. Hi Zoe! Whoa! Whoa! Hi Griffin! Hi Stein family! The Stein family was actually the very first recipient of a Braunability van. We can go literally anywhere. It was like moving twice a day just to go from here to the grocery store. So — and now we can be out the door in like another 30 seconds. That’s a beautiful crown. If you were a superhero, which one would you be and why? I think Superman. Flying sounds great to me. Zoe, what superhero would you be? Supergirl. I’m melting. Ah, we’ve never— we’ve never done this before. So we have the Magerfleisch family with Danielle and she has a neurological disorder called SCN8A. And the family is in dire need of a Braunability van and they have absolutely no idea that they’ve been approved to get the van. Hello! She’s the only one in Georgia who has SCN8A. In the entire state? Yes. Age, have you ever heard of Oprah Winfrey? Yes. John says that he’s — he’s kind of like an Oprah. First of all, I’m the diet coke of Oprah’s if there ever was one. We weren’t calling to get a little more information on Danielle to see if you’d be a good fit for the recipient. We’re actually letting you know that you’ve been approved to get a brand new Braunability van. What!? What the? How the heck did that happen?! Thank you! Thank you so much! We’re putting this on the fast track so that you can hopefully get it just within the next month and Danielle’s gonna have a better way to get around. That’s awesome. Thank you. Thank Braunability and thank Chive Nation. And thank all our Green Ribbon members. And thank Zach! I had nothing to do with this but I am glad to be a part of it! He actually did have a lot to do with this! Thank you so much. Thank you. That was so good. That was amazing. Thanks everybody for joining us. This has been — magical.

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