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Crown Point church thrift shop opens for season

CROWN POINT - Second Blessings Thrift Center is open for the season.

The shop, which opened to the public last summer, will again begin its ministry on Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m. Regular spring hours will be Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. The schedule will expand as summer comes. Appointments will also be accommodated.

The shop is sponsored and operated by the First Congregational Church in Crown Point.

Second Blessings is housed in the historic Hammond Chapel of Crown Point, located on the intersection of Route 9N and Creek Road.

The building was built as General Hammond's home and later given to First Congregational Church, explained David Hirtle, church pastor. The building was the first home of the Hammond Library and has served as a church school annex as well as having accommodated many civic functions.

"Second Blessings has received many fine donations from local individuals of clothing, household goods and nick-knacks," Hirtle said. "Continued donations of clean, useful items will be accepted only when the store is open or by appointment.

"This ministry will continue to be run on a donations-only basis," the pastor added. "Wishing to maximize our ability to meet the needs of our customers, we believe that this will open the door to many who might not be able to shop with us.

"We invite the community to stop by, shop and chit-chat with the staff," Hirtle concluded. "Have fun and enjoy the second blessings that these items will bring."

The store continues to look for volunteers. Interested people can contact Hirtle at 597-3398.

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