Long Island’s catering halls and events services were about to head into their money-making months filled with proms, graduations, and weddings until the coronavirus brought the industry to a screeching halt.
This hardship, however, hasn’t stopped some local vendors from giving back during these trying times.
Take, Michele Cole for example. She’s the owner of a Bisou, an events venue on North Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst.
On Tuesday, Cole teamed up with several events-related businesses to help hungry families throughout the Town of Babylon and other nearby areas.
Together with the owners of The Superteam Event Designers, Iconic Decor Rentals, Jump Around Party Rentals, Simplicite Caterers, Competitive Edge Studio, Lashed by Kenn and Sydney’s Sweets the group dropped off enough pizza pies and cupcakes to feed more than 40 people.
“Kids were standing at the door waving happily,” said Cole. “Mothers opened the door crying.”
The Huntington resident organized the event via Bisou’s Facebook page. It started with a post where Cole asked if anyone was in need of help during the state’s shutdown.
“We know there are a lot of people who live check to check,” said Cole. “We wanted to help.”
Her page’s inbox immediately began filling with requests.
“There were parents who weren’t able to feed their kids,” said Cole. “Then there were people with compromised immune systems who were terrified to go out.”
That’s when she called on her business friends for help. The team spent Tuesday night dropping off food to homes in Lindenhurst, Amityville, Wyandanch, North Babylon and Brentwood.
“Our goal was to bring a smile and a moment of relief to those in need,” said Cole. “[The virus] has been so devasting to all of us. We just wanted to come together to help one another.”
Top: Michele Cole (middle) with the owners of Iconic Decor Rentals and Jump Around Party Rentals and Sydney’s Sweets (credit: Kennedy Mcleod)