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Thrift shop appreciates volunteers with luncheon


Last updated 5/31/2007 at Noon

St. John’s Thrift Shop celebrated their 50th anniversary and held their annual Appreciation Luncheon on May 23 at Fallbrook Golf Club’s Hukilau Restaurant.

Father Don Kroeger of St. John’s Anglican Church started the luncheon with a prayer of thanksgiving for all the volunteers. Following the lunch was a short speech by chairperson Bill Snyder thanking individual volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the thrift shop. Afterward, a drawing for door prizes was held, during which beautiful gift baskets and gift certificates from local businesses were given away to the volunteers.

St. John’s Thrift Shop opened its doors on June 21, 1956, on west Alvarado, behind Harrison’s Drug Store (now the Art Center at Fallbrook). The purpose of the shop was to provide a repository for the Fallbrook community to discard unused or unwanted articles. Customers could then purchase the secondhand items and provide financial support for St. John’s church. In 1970, the thrift shop expanded and was able to donate funds to support Fallbrook area nonprofit agencies.

Thrift shop manager Kathy Campbell and her staff of 50 volunteers have succeeded in their mission of “giving back to the community” and have presented donations totaling over $1.2 million to many worthy causes.

Laura Todd, who rightfully claims the privilege of being the “longest standing member,” with 30 years of service, shared one of wonderful things the thrift has accomplished: “We have a lovely arrangement with the community; if someone desperately needs clothing we provide that individual with a voucher to receive a free outfit.”

Sally Pisani, who no longer lives in Fallbrook but commutes from San Diego to volunteer at St. John’s Thrift Shop, has a passion for volunteerism. “I love the warmth and companionship of the people working there,” she said. “I have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and develop great friendships.”

“It’s fun to see people come in and find treasures,” said Beth Goodlake, another volunteer.

When asked how he felt about the accomplishments of St. John’s Thrift Shop, Father Don Kroeger said, “My heart is filled with pride for these wonderful people. I get a warm feeling for their dedication of serving others in the community.”

Visit St. John’s Thrift in the Towne Center at ­1075 South Mission Road, Suite G, Fallbrook. Call (760) 723-9520.


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