Crown Point Second Blessings, a Crown Point thrift shop, is collecting school supplies for local children.
The shop, operated by the First Congregational Church of Crown Point at the intersection of Creek Road and Route 9N, wants to assist children and their parents prepare for the new school year that starts in September.
“Beginning immediately, Second Blessings will receive necessary school items for local children,” Rev. David Hirtle of the First Congregational Church said. “Realizing that there are many families in our community who are unable to purchase items necessary for their children to begin school, Second Blessings will accept donations during the next three weeks.”
All items donated will be given to Crown Point Central School for distribution to children unable to provide their own supplies.
Needed are 12 and 24-boxes of crayons, glue sticks, pocket folders, small drinking cups, tissues, standard plastic pencil boxes, boxes of #2 pencils, boxes of assorted colored pencils, pencil cap erasers, loose leaf paper, composition notebooks, highlighters, gallon sized zip-locked bags, book bags large enough to hold books, sneakers and extra clothes.
“These items are considered essential for school year start-up,” Hirtle said. “Please, if you can find it in your hearts to help a child get a positive start for the school year, bring your donations to Second Blessings on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during the next few weeks.”
Second Blessings is a donation-based, non-profit ministry that opened in 2008.
“There are no paid staff, just folks like you who want to do the right thing for our community,” Hirtle said.
Second Blessings is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The thrift shop building was first 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 accommodated many civic functions.
Second Blessings has received many donations 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.
“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,” Hirtle said.
For more information call Hirtle at 597-3398.