McWeenies celebrated their grand reopening by handing out free hot dogs and sausages to the homeless on June 26.
Now in its second summer of operation, the hot dog stand's owner Debbie Solski said she felt the need to give back after watching Bob Johnston and all the work he has done for the homeless in Greater Sudbury during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnston is the founder of Tomorrow's Hope and spearheaded the Homeless of Champions initiative at the Sudbury Arena, which started up in May to provide the homeless with clothing and a safe place to gather during the pandemic.
"The homeless have had so many hurdles," Johnston said. "At the beginning of this virus the homeless went six weeks with no bathrooms, six weeks without a shower, six weeks with no water. It was a nightmare."
"Debbie really stepped up to the plate."
"She just opened...who's going to open up and start giving out product right away? There's a lot of heart and soul that she put into this and I hope great success for her all summer long."
McWeenies is located in the Donovan at the corner of Jean Street and Montague Avenue and is open daily during the month of July, Wednesdays to Sundays in August from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.
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