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Katie Sowers has raised $3,000 for Meals on Wheels San Francisco in coronavirus crisis

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Katie Sowers, the first gay NFL assistant coach, is using her platform to raise money to provide food during the coronavirus crisis.

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Offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers of the San Francisco 49ers looks on before Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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Like millions of people this past week, San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers was working from home and self-isolating, and was trying to come up with something productive to do in her spare time. For Sowers, this involved helping others.

“I’m doing some Cameos to try and raise money for Meals on Wheels San Francisco,” Sowers said in a video posted to social media site Cameo, where people can receive personalized messages from celebrities. “There are some crazy times right now. Get your Cameos in and I’ll get some messages out to the people you love to raise money for a good cause.”

For a fee, Sowers, who in February became the first woman and first openly gay coach in Super Bowl history, will record a video message for someone’s family, friends or co-workers, with all the money going to Meals on Wheels San Francisco, which is helping feed people during the statewide shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

The fee was originally $55, but Sowers told Outsports on Saturday that she had to raise it to $75 “not because I wanted to but because it was soooo difficult to keep up with all the requests at the price it was listed. Amazing problem to have.” She has raised almost $3,000.

Sowers has recorded 70 messages so far. Some examples are an early childhood education center; for a father of four and huge 49ers fan from his wife on their seventh anniversary; for a child not in school; for a girls high school basketball team and for athletes from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

It’s an awesome idea and a perfect way for people to contribute during this crisis and one more sign of how impressive a person Sowers is. You can order a Cameo with Sowers here.

You can follow Sowers on Instagram and Twitter.