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Norwalk Man Donates Lunch to Homeless Shelter

NORWALK, Conn. – John Ouzounidis is used to making pizza deliveries, but one he made this week touched his heart and spurred him to action.

Ouzounidis, the owner of Jordan's Pizza , pulled into the driveway of a darkened home in the Silvermine area earlier this week and saw a frightened face peering from a window, even though the owner had called for a delivery and was expecting a car. "The gentleman looked out the window, he got a little frightened, I guess, because there's no power," Ouzounidis said. "Seeing him, he had no food, he couldn't cook at home, he hadn't showered in days, and was just listening to the radio."

So Ouzounidis called radio station WNLK and said he wanted to give back to the community. Callers made suggestions, and Ouzounidis decided to donate pizza to a nonprofit that didn't have power.

Bill Okwuousa, director of Norwalk's Open Door Shelter, heard the announcement and was the first to call. He missed the part about being out of power, but Ouzounidis went through with the donation anyway. "I said, ‘I'm a man of my word. I'm going to do it.’ "

Thursday's lunch was easy for the shelter staff with Ouzounidis walking through the door with 30 pizzas, an assortment that included pies with meat and vegetable toppings. "It took me some time to crunch these out of that oven," he said.

Jordan's has been in business for 34 years. Ouzounidis inherited it from his father eight years ago.

"It's the first time doing something like this,” he said as he unpacked pizzas. “I'm actually excited, giving back to people. I'm happy, and I'm happy to do it again, too."

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