Community helps Bronx party company stay afloat with GoFundMe during pandemic
A Bronx business is being helped by the community they serve during the coronavirus pandemic.
Confetti Party Place in Pelham Bay has gotten creative when trying to keep the business going during the pandemic.
Since the age of 14, Lourdes Gomez has worked, and when the pandemic hit she was forced to stop.
“Obviously no school then we can't function because we have an afterschool,” says Gomez.
Both the afterschool program and the party venue she runs were closed, but she needed to come up with a way to pay rent.
“I went back to my roots, my clowning business and that is what helped keep us alive and helped us pay that first month's rent,” says Gomez.
Her whole family even got involved, doing character visits.
“We were doing anywhere from maybe a dozen home visits a day,” says Gomez.
She also started selling painting kits, much like what she used to provide during parties at Confetti Party Place.
“When everyone is just stuck at home and frustrated. We were, between my kids and I, we were able to bring some hope and happiness to them,” says Gomez.
Despite all her effort, she says money was still tight.
“Someone had suggested a GoFundMe, and I am just not used to asking people for help like that,” says Gomez.
The community helped spread the word of the GoFundMe and quickly they passed the goal of raising $7,000. Money that will be used to help pay rent, utilities and part time staff.
Gomez says the community staple will be slowly coming back starting with a summer fun program for kids after the Fourth of July.