CAMDEN, NJ — Corinne Powers, a city staple for over 30 years, says this Easter Sunday she wants hospital workers on the front lines of COVID-19 to know that while they can’t be with their loved ones, their Camden family will be there nonetheless.
There’s no mistaking the pink and black Corinne’s Place van — emblazoned with Powers’ face — as it pulls up. And this Sunday, following over 60 meals to Cooper Health employees over the weekend, the restaurant will deliver more than 50 to Virtua-Lourdes Hospital workers.
“They’re risking their lives for us and this is a little blessing we could provide,” Powers told TAPinto Camden. “They’re not home with their families, instead they’re in the midst of all this drama. We want them to know someone is thinking about them and praying for them.”
Corinne’s Place, located on Haddon Avenue, will serve turkey, stuffing, baked macaroni, vegetables, cornbread and more.
Efforts to feed the front line workers were possible through Parkside Business & Community in Partnership (PBCIP) - which is also working with Parkside-based organization Camden Parents Union to find ways to help local residents and stakeholders throughout the health crisis.
“The coronavirus pandemic has taken lives and our sense of normalcy,” said Bridget Phifer, executive director of PBCIP. “But in the midst of these uncertain times, PBCIP is looking for ways to bring people together to support one another. And, who better to support than local healthcare workers deeply rooted in the COVID19 fight — those who in many instances are putting their own lives at risk.”
Powers said they have felt some business loss due to the pandemic and having to solely rely on delivery and takeout.
Still, she said she didn’t want to miss an opportunity to support doctors, nurses, cleaning staff and security personnel in her city.
“We would like to show our deep appreciation and gratitude for their heroic acts and commitment to saving lives,” she said.