Channel 3’s 20 Towns in Twenty Days is nearing the end of the tour, but on Tuesday we took a trip to Torrington.
Tuesday’s donation of $1,000 went to the Friendly Hands Food Bank, which also received a $500 gift card from PC Richard and Son.
The food pantry, located on King Street, has been helping low income families in Torrington for 25 years.
Pantry managers said the money is extra special this year, as they just got denied their social services block grant from the state for the first time.
"So we are down about $35,000, so we have to find other means to make it up and we're constantly looking, applying for small grants, I'm constantly looking for grants and through our own fundraising efforts,” said Tina Hasapis of Friendly Hands Food Bank.
The Friendly Hands Food Bank provides food to hundreds of families, averaging 13,000 meals each month.
Channel 3 also went to Carbone’s Market on Oak Avenue, which is the home to the grinder of all grinders.
They’ve been making the “Super Sub” and extra-large sandwiches for decades.
Tony Renzullo owned the market for 44 years and he’s still working in the kitchen, but recently he sold it to Heath Leonard and his wife.
"It's terrific, it's really nice. My wife, Alice and me, we're thrilled to be here. We've been coming to Carbone's since we were small and when we heard it was for sale, we didn't want to see it leave the community,” Leonard said.
Check out Carbone’s Market’s Facebook page here.
Channel 3 also stopped by Southworth's Wayside Furniture.
The owner recently returned to work after a successful kidney transplant.
Mike Wallace is a motorcycle lover who has owned the store for 23 years. He's had thousands of customers, but one, who heard both of his kidneys failed, decided to get tested and they were a match.
They had surgery on Jan. 5.
"I'm still bewildered, what makes somebody say - let me give you an organ, you know? He literally gave you your life back! He said to me - 'I don't want anything,' he said 'all I'd like to do is go for a ride with you sometime on the bikes.' We were out Sunday," Wallace said.
Wallace is now off dialysis for the first time in years.
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