Gratitude in the time of COVID-19

“This very moment calls for you to rise to the test and show your challenges what you are truly made of.”
                                                                                                ― Edmond Mbiaka

Life inevitably brings both trial and reward.  Right now, we are dealing with trying, uncertain times.  We can allow ourselves to succumb to fear, or we can face this ordeal with gratitude and celebrate our community.

I choose gratitude.

Like many of us, my business has been temporarily shuttered due to COVID-19.  Instead of focusing on fear, I have decided to partner with GoFundMe and their #SmallBusinessRelief program to hold a gift certificate fundraiser as a way to thank some of the essential workers in our community.

How does this work?
Between now and May 31st, 2020, I will be accepting donations that will go towards massage gift certificates for some of the hard-working members of our community that are taking care of us through this pandemic.  There are four categories of essential worker that people can donate to.

At the beginning of June, I will take the money raised and turn it into gift certificates for massage that will be donated to individuals within each category.  (I will leave it up to management at each location to select the recipients.)

Additionally, I will be matching a percentage of the total donated funds:
 - 10% up to $1,000
 - 15% up to $2,500
 - 20% up to $5,000

Who does this benefit?
I have narrowed these donations down to four categories of essential workers: 
Grocery store workers:  thank you for keeping us fed.
Nurses:  thank you for taking care of our sick.
Postal employees:  thank you for helping us survive being cooped up at home.
Teachers:  let's just say there's a lot of parents discovering first-hand how essential teachers are. ;)

Really, there are too many deserving people to choose from, but I had to put some limits somewhere.

How do I donate?
Easy-peasy!  Hit up the "donate now" button on the right.  If you're not in a position to contribute financially but still want to help, you can signal-boost by sharing this campaign instead.

If you would like your donation to go to a particular category of essential worker, send me an email via the "contact" button in the "organizer" section of this page.  Otherwise, the proceeds will be evenly distributed amongst the four categories.

What if I want to help someone specific?
Then you are an awesome person.  You can go to my website and purchase a gift certificate  there directly.

Who are you?
My name is Erica Olson.  I've lived in Steamboat since 2005 and own a massage therapy practice  specializing in sports and orthopedic work.  I've been in the top three of Best of the Boat's massage therapist category for the last nine years straight, and last summer rebranded from Heartfire Massage to IRON + SILK.


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Erica Olson 
Steamboat Springs, CO
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