Not only was last year the silver anniversary of operation for Twice Is Nice Retail store in Jefferson, but Good Stewards, Inc., the managing organization of the store, announced that 2018 marked another significant milestone: $5 million in support given to Lakeside Lutheran High School since 1993. Recent events celebrated these milestones.
Last October, volunteers of the Twice is Nice store and its governing board celebrated 25 years in business with a catered dinner at Lakeside Lutheran. During an after-dinner report from Good Stewards board chairman James Buelow, attendees heard that the total donated to the school was nearing the $5 million mark. Monies donated from Twice is Nice to the high school are used in several areas of the school, including general operating costs, student assistance, building fund and school “wishlist” items.
Thanks to record-breaking store receipts in November and December, news broke last month that the donation milestone had already been exceeded by year-end, while total store revenues had exceeded $7 million. “Store volunteers are always interested in hearing the numbers,” says Buelow. “Seeing the register tape totals add up is a great motivator for many of our volunteers who keep coming back week after week, month after month. The shared mission is something we hold dear.”
As a token of appreciation for the years of service and support, reps from the Lakeside Board of Regents and administration recently gathered at the store to express thanks and present volunteers with a commemorative plaque for display in the store. “The Lord has blessed Lakeside Lutheran High School in many ways during its 60-year history. Twice Is Nice is one of those blessings,” says Principal James Grasby, “The dedicated Christians at the store have made it their mission to support Lakeside’s ministry. The financial support to the school has significantly underwritten the cost of quality, Christ-centered education for thousands of our teenagers.”
Currently run by a group of almost 125 volunteers, Twice is Nice is one of the few stores of its kind continuing as a 100% volunteer operation. An enthusiastic crew of day managers encourages anyone with questions to call or stop in the store to discuss the opportunity to volunteer. The store is open Mondays-Saturdays from 9-5 PM, located just east of the Hwy 18 exit off the Highway 26 bypass at 907 W. Racine St., Jefferson.
Lakeside Lutheran High School is a four-year high school located in Lake Mills, operated and supported by a federation of 31 area congregations affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. For additional information about Lakeside, go to llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 and ask for Principal James Grasby.