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Centralia’s CoStar, donors, feed senior citizens

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7:02 am

Dena Cox, proprietor of CoStar Catering with her crew, Jamileh, left and M’Kenzea Starks

What started as one Centralia businesswoman hoping to keep her employees busy has snowballed into something more.

Dena Cox the owner of CoStar Catering was food shopping Tuesday, March 17 when the bare bread shelves caught her eye.

“I told myself I wanted to do something to  help people who were not able to cook for themselves while I was still able to get supplies,” she said.

From that simple thought, something good came.

“I wanted to help people who could not get food and keep my doors open,” the former assistant project manager for 5-Oaks Construction said.

She said, cooking at cost, the meals she wanted to provide would price at $5.

Once she mentioned their possibility, something unexpected happened.

“I got a call from Spirit Machinery,” Cox said. “They said they wanted to sponsor those meals going to seniors, especially those who were homebound or should not be going out while the COVID-19 virus was a risk.”

It grew from there.

“It got contagious,” she said of the donations. “It snowballed and grew from there, as of Friday, we have at least four individuals and businesses helping pay for us to deliver the meals.”

She and her husband Lonnie hit the road to buy delivery containers.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.