On Sunday, November 25, the London Coffee House volunteer, Eenie, retired from her position as our Sunday Sandwich maker. Eight years ago, Eenie was on Dundas Street supporting a family member and was moved by the need of the patrons visiting the London Coffee House, which serves at-risk individuals experiencing homelessness, extreme poverty and isolation. After this initial visit, Eenie left feeling determined to make a difference.
Since then, she has visited the London Coffee House every Sunday with trays of sandwiches. She has made thousands of her famous egg salad, tuna, ham and bologna sandwiches over the years and has affected hundreds of individuals and never asked for anything in return. Eenie collected donations from her church to purchase the ingredients, and made all the sandwiches herself. While food is appreciated, members of the London Coffee House comment that Eenie’s greatest gift is the reminder that they are not facing their challenge alone.
In the spring, she was nominated for the 2018 CMHA Middlesex Champion of Mental Health Awards for her commitment, generosity and dedication to the London Coffee House.
Everyone will miss Eenie’s enthusiasm, kindness and big-heart! As Eenie said on Sunday, “I’m 88; it’s time to slow down a bit.”