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Fireworks sales begin in Omaha

Posted at 10:53 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 23:53:37-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The celebration of our nation's independence is just days away and on Sunday, fireworks sales began in the City of Omaha.

For nonprofits, every dollar counts during the fireworks season.

"The proceeds from this year's fireworks tent is going to help us secure a temporary housing facility for some of our program participants," TaRae Peoples said.

Peoples is the Founder and President of The Rose House, Inc., which helps provide support to single mothers and their children.

She's raising money through firework sales for the second year in a row.

"We have been raising money for our temporary housing facility for quite some time, but this is going to help us to give it a big push to go towards that effort," Peoples said.

She tells 3 News Now, tent sales are a lot of work, but it's worth it.

"It feels great to know that they're coming in but not only that they're coming in to buy with a purpose," Peoples said. "They're coming in to help benefit single mothers and their children all throughout our community so it always warms my heart."

She's also glad to see people out and about again.

"Considering what we've been dealing with here recently with the pandemic it's just nice to see people out," Peoples said. "It's nice to see people coming out to be able to enjoy something just to give them a little sense of normalcy."

People like Diane Marsh and her husband and grandchildren.

Marsh says the kids enjoy their annual firework shopping trip, including this year, despite the pandemic.

"I think it's more family-oriented, I think everybody's staying at home and doing their own thing and I think it's kind of nice," Marsh said.

"This isn't money that's just going to a large corporation, this is money that is going to directly impact those that we live among every day," Peoples said. "It's important that we just not come out to have fun but we come out knowing that we are helping a cause -- that we are actually helping to directly impact the lives of women and children all throughout our own community."