By Nicole Collins, Staff Writer
The fireworks that you shoot this July 4th could benefit the community.
Hope Fellowship is operating the Seeds for the Community Fireworks Stand for the week leading up to the Fourth of July to raise money for Woodruff nonprofits.
Located on the corner of Hwy 146 and Laurens Road in Woodruff, the stand is supplied by TNT® Fireworks, the largest distributor of 1.4G Class C common fireworks in the U.S.
Along with members of Hope Fellowship, volunteers from the Agape Care Center and Woodruff Community Center will be helping to man the stand. These nonprofits will also be the recipients of the proceeds, said Debbie Williams of Hope Fellowship and the organizer of the fireworks stand.
Last year was the first time Hope Fellowship used the firework stand for fundraising efforts. The profits then went towards camp for students in the Road 678 mentorship program for at-risk middle schoolers through the Woodruff Community Center. Since camp wasn’t an option this year for the students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Williams said they decided to give the profits to other nonprofits in the community.
Curbside pickup will be available, and the volunteers will be wearing masks and practicing social distance.
Alongside the fireworks stand will be a prayer tent for people to come by and ask for prayers.
“We wanted to offer the prayer tent for the community because there are a lot of things going on right now and people just need comfort and understanding,” said Williams. “Let them know God can help. That’s the biggest thing.”
Williams added,” That’s the main reason I wanted to do the firework stand is because it is so visible.”
Customers that bring canned foods can also receive free firecrackers. The canned goods will go to the Woodruff Area Soup Kitchen.
The stand opened on Saturday, June 27 and will be open through July 5. Its hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Wednesday July 1. July 2 – 5, the hours will be 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.