Community Support Gives New Hope To Adams Thrift Store
After a show of community support, there may be hope for an Adams thrift store that was hit with an eviction notice last week.
"We're asking people to please pray for us," said William Sampson, owner of Hearthstone Ministries Thrift Store.
His store has less than 30 days to live -- at least where it is now.
That's because the building's owner gave Sampson an eviction notice last week.
Sampson -- who says the store is up to date on all of its bills -- hasn't been able to contact the owner since.
Messages left by 7 News were not returned.
With the store's future in limbo, the community has come out to help.
"People been coming in phenomenally," Sampson said.
"Honestly, the last two days have been the best days we've had in probably a year."
Bargain hunters are looking for deals and some people are giving donations to help keep the store and ministry where they are.
"There's only six of us in the church right now, but, yeah, that's where we congregate, is right here in the building."
With time ticking away, there may be a plan B -- or a life saver -- for the store.
An old factory off Wardwell Street in the village could be a potential new home.
Or -- worst-case scenario -- the shop could move out of Adams altogether
"We've kind of established," Sampson said, "people are aware here in Adams and what we are.
"If we go somewhere else," he said, "we're going to have to kind of start all over again in the community."
Starting over for Sampson, the ministry, and all the items in the store may be the only option when the 30 days are up later this month.
Monday, February 8, 2016, Watertown, NY
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