Online social sites like Reddit and Digg take a lot of flack for their snarky tone and sometimes-malicious content, but occasionally, they're the home to a groundswell of support for a cause.
That's what's happening over at TheChive.com, where users have donated more than $200K to Taylor Morris, a 23 year-old Navy EOD tech who lost all four of his limbs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan a little more than three weeks ago.
Morris relayed his memory of this incident to John Resig, co-owner and president of The Chive:
"As soon as I stepped on it, I knew. There was a moment, then I heard the blast. I felt the heat. I knew I had lost my legs. As I summersaulted through the air, I watched my legs fly off."
Morris suffered arterial bleeding from all four limbs, and was transferred to Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C. on May 6, where he became only the fifth person in the history of the hospital to survive a four-limb amputation.
Morris has been recovering with the support of his family and girlfriend, Danielle, and hopes to soon return to his hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa. At the end of his phone interview, Resig asked Morris if there was anything the solider wanted.
Although Morris said the Navy was taking care of all of his needs, he eventually admitted he dreamed of a log cabin in the woods.
Resig took it from there, challenging The Chive users to raise a down payment for Morris’ dream home.
I want theCHIVERS to have provided the down payment on his dream cabin. We have the best community on the internet and I'm setting the goal at $30,000.