Woman donates massages to county’s 911 dispatchers
SUMMIT COUNTY – Heidi Maike is what many people would call a rare bird. In a world largely driven by the quest for the almighty dollar, Maike says she’s motivated by helping others.
She does so with a talent she’s honed over many years: massage therapy.
During the past couple of weeks, Maike has been busy giving massages to dispatchers at the Summit County Communications Center. It’s an annual treat she offers them during National Telecommunicators Week.
“I can do something for those people who don’t get thanked enough,” Maike said. “I may not have money, but I have time to donate.”
Center director Chris Benson called Maike a few years ago and asked her for an estimate on massages for the dispatchers.
“I said, “Can’t I just do it for free?'” said Maike, a 20-year massage therapist and longtime Silverthorne resident.
Benson happily accepted.
“That was the last thing I expected,” Benson said. “I was just amazed. The dispatchers are completely thrilled. Each time she’s here, every single one of them tries to make a point of thanking her. “
Local dispatchers aren’t the only ones who benefit from Maike’s philanthropic spirit. She’s considering offering the same complimentary service to Summit County Ambulance workers, and before helping the dispatchers, she offered the same service to hospice patients.
She’s not donating services because she can necessarily afford to, but Maike said she has enough money to live comfortably. She considers the donations an important service.
“I work part-time selling insurance, and I do have some regular (massage clients),” she said. “My husband always says, “Honey we could be rich,’ and I say, “But we are. We’re rich in spirit, the things that really matter.’ I’d like to win the lottery – don’t get me wrong – but then I’d probably just volunteer more of my time.”
Maike lives in Silverthorne with her husband, Kelly, and daughter, Rachel.
Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at email@example.com
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