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Nursing Home Auxiliary Thrift Shop tops $1 million mark

A group of volunteers and officers working at the Montgomery County Nursing Home Auxiliary Thrift Store show off their updated plaque that reflects their contribution of over $1,000,000 to the nursing home. Pictured left to right: Emma Wengert, Mammie Vanderford, Jeneva Robbins, Abby Selby, Helen Daniels, Brenda Manning and Phyllis Anderson. – Photos by Dewayne Holloway

MOUNT IDA – Have you ever worked so hard that you didn’t realize you had made a million dollars? Well that’s what happened with the Montgomery County Nursing Home Auxiliary. The Auxiliary found out recently that they crossed the $1 million mark.

The Montgomery County Nursing Home Auxiliary has served the county and the nursing home since 1966. The work that would grow into the thrift shop everyone now enjoys began with three women who saw a need for service in the small hospital located in Mount Ida. The ladies began by selling crafts the volunteers created and when the hospital closed and the nursing home opened they formed the auxiliary. It was then that the thrift store was opened. 

The thrift shop has seen many homes with the original shop being located in a small white stucco building located across the street from the current location. From there the thrift store moved to the old Standridge Home, located where the Bear State Bank parking lot currently sits.

In 1988 the auxiliary moved to their current location thanks to the donation of the building by Clyde Standridge. The building was originally the home of the Black and Standridge Department Store. The building was constructed of local stones and lumber in 1941 by Beulah Standridge. Thanks to the Standridge’s donation the building which had served the community for over 40 years would continue to offer service to the community.

The thrift shop is the perfect place to spend some time while in Mount Ida. They have a little bit of everything for sale with many items costing no more than a dollar or two.

Over the years the store has raised anywhere from a few thousand dollars in a single year to over $70,000 in a year. 

The last time the auxiliary was recognized was 2013. At the end of that year they had raised $793,541.61 since 1966. In the six years since then they have raised an additional $298,518.48.

Nursing Home Administrator Tommy Johnston noted that he realized it had been a few years since the auxiliary store plaque had been updated. In the process of gathering numbers for the plaque he discovered that the hard working auxiliary members had crossed the $1,000,000 mark sometime in 2017. 

By the end of 2019 they had raised $1,092,060.09 for the Montgomery County Nursing Home and Assisted Living.

Johnston stated that their accomplishment is even more remarkable when you think about the sheer volume you have to sell to raise this kind of money when prices are as low as they are in the store.

Johnston expressed his gratitude for all the auxiliary does for the nursing home and the assisted living facility. The donations go to provide for a better quality of life at both facilities.

The auxiliary works hard to price items at a reasonable amount. They recognize that they are not only helping the residents of the nursing home and assisted living facility with their contributions. They are also helping members of the community that might not be able to afford clothes, or other necessary items that can be found at the thrift store.

The Thrift Store is open Monday through Friday and is located on South West Street on the square in downtown Mount Ida. Volunteers are always welcome and donations can be dropped off at any time.

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