London's WWII veterans battle new foe: hunger
Parkwood Institute's 'Kindness Krew' makes sandwiches for the homeless
Ninety-six-year-old Second World War veteran Bill Webb knows what it is to be hungry.
"I've been through it all. I've had many, many hungry days," said Webb who is part of the Parkwood Institute Veterans Care Program in London, Ont., which is operated by St. Joseph's Health Care.
"My dad used to go to restaurants to get stale bread to give to the kids. That's what we had to eat," Webb said.
These days Webb and a number of other World War II veterans who live at the Parkwood Institute meet once a week to make more than 100 peanut butter and jam sandwiches, which are then handed out at the city's Men's Mission.
The veterans call themselves the 'Kindness Krew.' Each lunch package is labelled 'Made by Veterans at Parkwood Institute.'
"We know there are some people out there that need your help, so we're just happy to do it," said Webb.
Another proud sandwich maker, 95-year-old Arnold Mallett, said the 'Kindness Krew' keeps him feeling young. "It also settles my mind because I liked to cook and bake in the past with my wife," Mallett said.
"We just take a loaf of bread and we separate the slices and spread on the nice thick coat of peanut butter," he said. "And then we pass it on to the next fella and he puts the jam on nice and thick."