COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.
In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.
Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.
This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.
This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.
With all of this in mind, let's take a look at the Duct Brothers, a veteran operated plumbing, heating, and cooling business, who this week installed a water heater and PRV valve for free in the home of a Colorado Springs kindergarten teacher.
Tabitha Frazer, the kindergarten teacher, is also a hiking guide, a food educator, a mother of three, and a yoga instructor. Currently she is teaching online yoga classes for free, as a way to give back to the community.
"It's someone who definitely deserves to have something great and special and this is just a small thing that we can do," commented Jared Steen, co-owner of Duct Brothers.
"We're just here to make her day," stated Travis Platt, also a co-owner of the business.
Frazer's water heater was in need of repair, and with the current crisis placing financial and occupational strain on herself and her family, the gift of a new water heater was a more than welcome surprise.
According to Frazer, finding out about the gift caused quite the reaction, "So, I just became a blubbering crying idiot, i was just like, are you serious?"
Both Travis and Jared, both having served and now serving in a different way, are of the opinion, that if you can give back or help out, you should.
"We are members of this community," said Travis, "when someone is hurting, we're hurting as well. We just wanted to something for someone to make their day a little bit better."
"It doesn't matter what you do, just do something to give back; even a smile helps," finished Jared.
Regarding the act of kindness, Tabitha had this to add, "Genuinely my heart is filled, my heart is filled with gratitude."
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