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Centralians facing COVID-19 together

Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 6:14 am

Ministerial Alliance volunteers delivering groceries to seniors, home-bound

Members of CentralIa’s Ministerial Alliance have teamed up with Prenger Foods to make it safer for some area residents to receive their groceries.

Monday, March 23, a group of volunteers arrived at Prenger Foods to help.

One of the project’s organizers, Chris Baker, pastor of the Centralia First Baptist Church explained the project’s origins.

“It originated with Kenny Griggs and his son Hunter,” Baker said. “They wanted to help people and had been talking with Chris Crocker, Prenger’s manager, who wanted to make it community-wide.”

Hunter Griggs, left, and Shane Rhodes carry groceries out of Prenger Foods to deliver them to seniors citizens and home-bounds who are at higher risk during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kenny Griggs, an industrial electrician for Pertech, said he saw a need and wanted to help.

“As soon as they started talking about how the virus was most dangerous for those 50 and over, I thought, ‘Well they don’t need to be going out.’”

Besides helping those who are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, Griggs said the project had at least one other benefit.

“With school out, it keeps the kids busy, gives them something to do and helps them learn about benefitting the community.”

As of March 30, the volunteers had made 38 deliveries.

Rolling a shopping cart overfilled with groceries across the Prenger Foods parking lot toward his yellow Neon, Hunter Griggs said why that was how he was spending that overcast Friday morning.

“To help Centralia’s elderly and whoever else needs a hand,” Griggs said as he and fellow volunteer Shane Rhodes loaded the groceries into the Neon’s trunk.

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