Erica Kious, the owner of eSalon SF, has thanked supporters for their “outpouring” of “empathy and generosity” regarding her dispute with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose visit to Kious’s San Francisco salon sparked controversy.
Fox News reported that “a crowdfunding effort raised several hundred thousand dollars” for Kious. According to her, someone made a GoFundMe page for her, and it reached its goal of $300,000.
“I wish I could personally thank every person who sent me their prayers, words of encouragement and support,” Kious said. They came “especially at a time when so many are struggling to make ends meet in their own lives.”
“I am very humbled and grateful to have received such an outpouring of kindness, empathy and generosity from people I don’t even know,” she then stated. Erica also said that she received support from people from many different walks of life and political beliefs. “It’s a powerful reminder that the common things that bind us all together as Americans are far more meaningful and lasting than political and ideological differences that get so much attention and focus.”
The Daily Mail explained that Kious said she needed to shutter her business after receiving death threats. These threats came in the wake of exposing Pelosi’s visit to her salon.
The GoFundMe page set up for the San Francisco salon owner said, “At the conclusion of this fundraiser, ALL donations will go directly to Erica to pay off any debts from the business that she is forced to shut down, expenses to relocate and reopen in a new location.”