NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - "Founded and grounded in the spirit of volunteerism" - that statement is proudly displayed on the business cards of Precious Cycle.
Customers do buy items from the Nacogdoches resale shop, but the couple who owns and operates the store are known for giving away more than what they sell.
At Precious Cycles there are hundreds of items, even a pink tutu. Just right for a foster child.
"She's too little to wear this now, but she will be able to soon," a customer said.
Tree Fulce helps customers with whatever they want or need. She prefers need over wants.
"We like to talk about needs and wants," Tree Fulce said. There is a definite difference."
The retired school teacher is seeking her masters at Stephen F. Austin State University. Tree's husband, Ron, a retired Air Force man and a SFA grad, is getting his doctorate in non-profit administration. Even Ron's service dog, Freedom, volunteers.
The family amazes Vivian Sublett, a foster parent of 45 years.
"These people are willing to do anything they can," Sublett said. "Anything they can. I truly mean that."
They've counseled, helped with referrals, and made newcomers feel at home. SFA honored the couple for helping international students.
"We received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for three years in a row," Ron Fulce said.
The Red Cross volunteers come to the aid of disaster victims, and they refuse to compete with other non-profits.
The couple even provided Katie Franks and her woodworker boyfriend their first storefront.
"Before my boyfriend would just make all this beautiful woodwork, and it would all just go in totes or boxes," Franks said.
The couple says they take no payment. Operational costs come from the sale of higher-end items at a Precious Cycle booth located at Decades in University Mall.
Precious Cycle is located at 2512 South Street, right next door to Pizza Hut. The store is open from Wednesday to Saturday or by appointment. Also they're found at Decades in the University Mall.