Motorcyclists deliver dozens of Christmas meals to seniors

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Dec 25 2013 05:36:00 PM HST

Meals on Wheels makes a special delivery of Hawaiian food to homebound seniors on Christmas.

HONOLULU -

A special Christmas meal of Pork Lau Lau, Haupia and much more was delivered door to door. Hundreds of homebound seniors received their holiday dinners thanks to Meals on Wheels.

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Dozens of homebound seniors in Kalihi got their meals delivered by motorcycle volunteers.

"The first year people were a bit hesitant. They didn't want to open the door because they saw a lot of bikers, but now they are waiting for us and happy to see us," said Jesse Baker with Vietnam Vets, Legacy Motorcycle Club.

For 26 years, motorcyclists have added extra holiday bling and color to play Santa for Meals on Wheels. They deliver special feasts made of Kalua Turkey and sweet potato in one hand and have a wrapped present in another.

The seniors are happy to feel the holiday spirit, even the ones who forgot the volunteers were coming.

"I wasn't expecting this. I didn't think you guys were coming. I thought maybe it was supposed to be here yesterday and I forgot," said senior Randall Fishel.

He went on to say, "It's ono, it's the best."

Danielle Hershey, 16, has been helping out since she was a toddler. However, even with 14 years under her belt, the joy she brings to each home still catches her off guard.

"Sometimes I'll start tearing when I give it to them because it's so joyful to see their face and to see everyone come out and be a big part of this," said Hershey.

And other veterans of the club know it is a big part of many of the seniors Christmas Day.

"Sometimes for some people we are the only ones they see that day," said Baker.

More than 650 homebound seniors received meals and gifts. More than 200 volunteers helped make it happen.

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