By Onz Chery

Event planner Debbie E. Louis fixing bride Stephanie’s hair. Photo credit: Tommy T. Photography

A battle shouldn’t be fought merely by the frontliners. It’s a concept that many are familiar with during the novel coronavirus pandemic and are acting upon, including A’ La Mode Events’ chief planner and consultant, Debbie E. Louis.

The 31-year-old provided meals to healthcare workers in New York City on a weekly basis during the most extreme period of the virus between April and May. She also made masks with Women in Faith Fellowship via a Zoom meeting on April 29. 

“This is the time when we actually have to put our boots on the ground and help people,” Louis said. “If you’re willing and able, this is when you get dirty and do the groundwork. Somebody’s life depends on it.”

As Louis was traveling to Mount Sinai Hospital on April 15 to donate food, she couldn’t help to think if she would see someone crying outside. The consultant lost someone herself there during the pandemic.

Louis collaborated with a Haitian-American catering company, Creative Minds Culinary Services, to provide meals to healthcare workers at Mount Sinai. Unfortunately, when they arrived at the hospital they were not allowed to enter. But just from listening to what was happening inside through the phone, Louis could easily feel the tension that was in there.

“Listening to the background — she [a Mount Sinai worker] put her phone down and told me to hold on — from the five minutes I was listening to everything happening, I caught anxiety,” she said. “I don’t know how they’re doing it.”


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Onz Chery

Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local soccer leagues in New York. After...