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For homebound seniors, nutritious Meals on Wheels; for developmentally disabled adults who deliver them, a sense of purpose

THERESA WALKER | thwalker@scng.com | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: January 21, 2019 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: January 21, 2019 at 7:30 am

Darrin Mackel community support specialist with Project Independence looks on as Jennifer Elliott, 43, of Huntington Beach walks to an apartment to deliver meals to seniors in Costa Mesa on Friday, January 18, 2019. Elliott and other adult volunteers with developmental disabilities are clients of Costa Mesa-based Project Independence and volunteer to deliver meals every week. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Gunars Bundza wants the volunteers who deliver meals every weekday to his second-floor apartment to know how much he appreciates it.

He is 87 and can’t walk much anymore, let alone bring groceries up a flight of stairs. He had just received enough food on Friday, Jan. 18, to last him through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

“The volunteers are doing this every day. Rain or shine, they’re here,” Bundza said, sitting at a table near the open front door of his studio apartment in Costa Mesa, where volunteer Joey DeCarlo dropped off four meals prepared to his dietary needs.

“I can’t thank them enough. For me, Meals on Wheels is a perfect thing.”

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