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Non-profit sees increase in fireworks sales

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 18:21:12-04

With the Fourth of July just days away, it seems you can find a fireworks stand on just about every corner in town.  For some organizations it's a huge part of their fundraising for the year.

There are almost 100 fireworks stands in the Omaha metro area.

Many of them donate a portion of the proceeds to local organizations from churches and sports teams to scholarship funds and non-profits that better the community.  Some tell KMTV they've seen an up-tick in sales this year, and hope that will continue.

The tent outside Menard’s on 72nd & L Street is for the Cross Training Center which helps the homeless, people who have been incarcerated, and others in need learn job skills.

"So the greatest part about this is not just making money for the organization but our students work here so they're learning job skills.  So they're on the registers, they're stocking shelves, they're setting up they're tearing down,” said Brenda Banks, Executive Director of the Cross Training Center.

The Cross Training Center also purchases their own fireworks to sell and takes home about 60% of the money for their non-profit, which is not typical for firework stands.  They say they've seen sales increase compared to last year.

All the stands are licensed through the local municipalities.  Many of them expect this weekend to be very busy.