The Twice As Nice Store opened in 1997 after a member of the Thunder Bay Christian School (TBSC) noticed a large amount of bagged clothing ending up in a landfill. He decided that they could be used towards something better – being sold to offset the costs of education at our local independent Christian-based school.
The store is run by the hard work of the main committee (formed under the authority of the school) as well as many volunteers. Over 100 volunteers work at and for the store each month, in everything from; sorting bags of clothing, picking up donations from various drop-off locations, and fixing furniture, to managing the store during regular open hours.
Extra clothing that isn’t sold is given to 15 other groups in order to help the needy.
All proceeds from the store go to the Thunder Bay Christian School.
The school first opened its doors in 1962 with only two classrooms for students Gr. 1-8. In 1986, after a fire, a section of the school was rebuilt, enlarged, and a gymnasium was added. In 1999 the school underwent an expansion that included the addition of a library and rooms for high school.
TBCS provides quality Christian education from kindergarten to grade 10. In the 2015-2016 school year there were 57 families with a total of 112 students enrolled.
All of this could not be done without the prayers and dedicated efforts of many volunteers, board and committee members, staff, parents, and community support.
The store is a good way for high school students to complete their mandatory volunteer hours. Here are some positions and opportunities for volunteers;