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Fireworks stands raising funds for local organizations

Source: KCBD Video
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Updated: Jul. 2, 2018 at 10:56 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Every Fourth of July, people flock to fireworks stands across the South Plains, but it's not just good business for the companies that make the fireworks, it's good for many local organizations as well.

TNT Fireworks hosts fundraising groups, giving them the products and facilities, and a portion of the sales in exchange for volunteers to work the stands.

At one fireworks location, the Texas Ruthless and Lady Vipers softball teams can be seen helping out. The money they raise goes toward traveling and tournament expenses.

"Depending on sales, and the time of the year… weather and stuff, it helps pay for their travel throughout the year. Through the summer and stuff so that's what we use the money for," says Joseph Stewart, one of the coaches for both softball teams.

At a couple of stands on the south side of town, the Lubbock Cooper band works these to help pay for many of their expenses, but it's not just the students who help out.

"It's a great way for families to get to work together and have a good time and then we have band kids that will come up here and hangout and just have a good time," Chris Caniglia, the Treasurer for the Cooper Band Boosters, said.

In addition to fundraising, Caniglia says working these fireworks stands helps these students build real-life skills too.

"You can see them grow, the ones that come in and have never sold anything, but you see them come out and you can see some of them are really good salesmen and it's a good way to learn. Just get them out of their comfort zone because some people it is uncomfortable selling to people and it does get them out of their comfort zone to do that."

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