CROWN POINT - The all-volunteer thrift shop, Second Blessings, sponsored by First Congregational Church of Crown Point and staffed by volunteers from across the community, has closed for the winter months.
Second Blessings is housed in the General John Hammond Chapel located on the corners of Creek Road and NYS Route 9N/22.
"The building, constructed of beautiful red brick, was the private home of the Hammonds and constructed in the early 1820s," explained Pastor David Hirtle of the First Congregational Church. "Hence, there is little to no insulation throughout the building. While there is an oil burner, it's efficiency is limited.
"As an aside, the Kosmider family has all-but completed renovating the beautiful auditorium located on the second floor of this historic building," he added. "Once used as a public meeting place, it will again be available following its completion."
During the winter months, Second Blessings will be available to answer any call during an emergency by calling the church at 597-3398.
"The church and staff wish to express their deep appreciation to all our volunteers, contributor's and supporters of this vital community ministry," Hirtle said. "Without anyone of these components, the community would have a great void. See you in the spring."