In 1974, after a fatal car accident claimed the life of her son due to lack of quick rescue service, Mrs. Beth Warren gathered a small group of friends together to create the Rescue Squad Auxiliary.  The Auxiliary opened a thrift shop for the sole purpose of raising funds to purchase an ambulance for local rescue service so other lives might be saved through quicker response time.


After years of successful service, Marion County took over financial responsibility and control of the rescue service.


As a result, the Rescue Squad Auxiliary was renamed The Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop with goals of offering goods at reasonable prices and donating the proceeds to worthwhile local charitable organizations, families suffering financial hardships, and special local projects including those of the Fire and Police Departments.


From this humble beginning, today the Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop is a 501(c)(3) organization staffed by approximately 26 year around volunteers, 8 substitutes and an additional 10 “snowbirds” assisting during the winter months.  Still an all volunteer organization, it remains true to its goals of low Thrift Shop prices and returning the proceeds back to the community.  A quick tally of the Thrift Shop’s financial records indicates during the 37 years it has been in business, it has donated close to a quarter of a million dollars to the Dunnellon community and surrounding area.


July 28, 2011

Joann McCullough