Thrift shop opens for season

CROWNPOINT-Second Blessings Thrift Center has opened for the season.

Operated by the First Congregational Church, the shop will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The schedule may expand as summer comes. Appointments will also be accommodated.

Second Blessings, now in its fourth year, is housed in the Hammond Chapel of Crown Point. Located on the corner of Route 9N and Creek Road, the building was first build as a General Hammond's home and later given to First Congregational Church. The building was the first home of the Hammond Library and has served as a Church School Annex as well as having accommodate many civic functions. Second Blessings Ministry opened to the public for the first time in 2008.

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

The ministry will continue to be run on a donations-only basis.

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

Volunteers are needed at the shop. Interested people can call Hirtle at 597-3398.

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