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While business has been great since the store opened up five years ago, it is not always about the dollars and cents. What Twice Upon a Time also ac- cepts are donations. Radabaugh said that sometimes people don't want the money or the store credit, they just want to make sure that their clothes go towards helping others. As a result, Twice Upon a Time offers the clothes that do not pass their review process, but are perfectly wearable, to the Bethlehem Center and churches in the area. In fact, Radabaugh said that the Bethlehem Center comes by at least once a week to pick up clothes for families who need them most. "We just noticed that we were getting a ton of donations, and we were just bombarded with a ton of stuff. So we reached out to the Bethlehem Center and they were thrilled," Radabaugh said about their relationship with them. at is just one example of how Twice Upon a Time takes peoples' generous donations and helps the community. Radabaugh added that they put to- gether packages for parents whose kids need warm clothes for the winter. "We've done donations for a single mom or a family and anything we can donate we try to put a package together for the sizes of the kids. Especially when it's getting colder out," Radabaugh said. Other things Twice Upon a Time does is make sure that Visalia knows they are there to support the community. Radabaugh says that they offer $10 gift cards to kids who earn Service and Outstand- ing Achievement Recognition (SOAR) awards every month in the Visalia Unified School District. at way, it is more than just being recognized, kids actu- ally get a chance to buy a couple things at the store as well. Some kids actually work for the store through the Tulare County Office of Education. Students will come in and work a few hours a week, and then they get paid through the County. "ey reached out to us about it, and it has been wonderful having them here," Radabaugh said. What has been best for Twice Upon a Time though, is that the idea has taken hold. Having been with the company since the beginning, Radabaugh said that there has been a serious learning curve. A Visalia native and veteran, when she returned home with her two children, and with one on the way, she couldn't believe that there wasn't already a store like hers in town. Before long she was painting the walls of the 8,000-square foot space at the 3252 S. Mooney Blvd. location. She remembers having her own kids run around and thinking that the place was going to be for parents like her and kids like them. "I was kind of very shocked, they have stores like this all over the east coast… I thought it would be won- derful to have something like that and could spend with the family at the same time," Radabaugh said. Five years later she is intimately involved in the operations of the store and is ready to expand to an- other location, she just doesn't know where yet. But what she does know is that if the generosity of the community continues, she will never run out of mer- chandise for her customers. Twice Upon a Time manager Amanda Prieto folds and sorts newly received clothes at Twice Upon a Time in Visalia before preparing them to go out onto the floor. 2 017 H O L I D AY M A G A Z I N E 17

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