By LOHR McKINSTRY
---- — CROWN POINT — The Second Blessings thrift shop here is collecting school supplies to help needy children.
With Crown Point Central schools starting Thursday, Sept. 6, the Rev. David Hirtle said they wanted to help families prepare for the new school year.
“These items are considered essential for school year start-up,” Hirtle said in an email. “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.”
Second Blessings is operated by the First Congregational Church of Crown Point, at the intersection of Creek Road and Route 9N.
“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 for them,” Hirtle said.
Needed are 12- and 24-count boxes of crayons, glue sticks, pocket folders, small drinking cups, tissues, standard plastic pencil boxes, boxes of No. 2 pencils, boxes of assorted colored pencils, pencil cap erasers, loose-leaf paper, composition notebooks, highlighters, gallon-sized zip-lock bags, book bags, sneakers and extra clothes.
Hirtle said all items donated will be given to Crown Point Central School for distribution to children unable to provide their own supplies.
Second Blessings is a donation-based, nonprofit shop that opened in 2008. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Second Blessings accepts donations of clothing, household goods and other items. Continued donations of clean, useful items will be accepted only when the store is open.
“There are no paid staff, just folks who want to do the right thing for our community,” 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.”
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