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Eyewitness News donates to Cornerstone Foundation in Vernon

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The Cornerstone Foundation received a paycheck from Eyewitness News on Friday. (WFSB) The Cornerstone Foundation received a paycheck from Eyewitness News on Friday. (WFSB)
VERNON, CT (WFSB) -

Eyewitness News visited Vernon on Friday and anchor Mark Zinni gave a $1,000 check to a local organization where they're working to solve several problems.

Friday's visit was the second day of “20 Towns in 20 Days” campaign, which donates $1,000 each time to a local charity. 

The Cornerstone Foundation was founded almost 35 years ago as a homeless shelter.

Over the years, the need has grown and now they offer all kinds of services in the community. Each week, they help hundreds of people.

"When I saw it on television, I just got so excited because I was really praying that maybe they'll go to Cornerstone,” Vernon Resident Hilda Martin said.

"We are multifaceted,” Helen Syriac, who is the founder of the Cornerstone Foundation said. We have the shelter, soup kitchen, clothing bank, community center and our newest endeavor is the food pantry."

Syriac said she has never taken a salary in three decades. She plans to use half the money for the food bank that provides groceries and the other half will buy groceries for the soup kitchen.

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