Buy fireworks to support relief trips to Mexico, Skyline football
June 30, 2010
By Sarah Sexton
NEW — 3:15 p.m. June 30, 2010
This Fourth of July, help build houses for needy families in Mexico just by buying your fireworks locally.
The fireworks stand at Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E., opened Monday. It will be open from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. every day through July 4.
Profits from the sale of fireworks will largely support the church’s annual mission trip to Mexico, and fund house-building materials, other church outreach programs and a new facility construction program.
The youths and adults selling fireworks in the tent will be earning money needed to fund their own trips, according to Lana Bromling, 16, the daughter of the Rev. Brad Bromling, pastor of Issaquah Christian Church.
The church has several mission trips annually to locations, such as Africa and Haiti, so each member must raise his or her own funds to finance their trip, whether that means working on the church’s Christmas tree lot or at the fireworks stand. Parents, friends and believers in the cause may work on behalf of their children or fellow students.
Some workers also choose to designate their funds to whichever mission trip has the greatest need for money.
The group built quite a few houses to shelter people who otherwise live in crude shacks or broken-down homes the size of sheds, Lana Bromling said when describing her first trip last year. The houses are built at no cost to the residents. The group also built two small churches last year.
Each trip provides a great way for ordinary people to help those in need, serve others, make a life-changing impact on someone and experience other cultures, languages and peoples.
The group going this year left June 25 and will return July 4. The group’s 35 members will visit a small town near Tijuana, a city approximately a mile and a half south of California. A sample home similar to those being built will be on display on church property throughout the week of fireworks sales.
The fireworks fundraiser has been in operation for many years. It upgraded from a stand to a huge tent two years ago, Brad Bromling said. It will be well stocked with TNT fireworks, including items like sparklers and fountains, individually and in packages.
The church is allowed to sell fireworks because it is located in unincorporated King County, outside the city limits. Setting off fireworks is banned within city limits.
Support Skyline High School football at another local fundraising stand
The Skyline High School Gridiron Club has a fireworks stand open in connection with TNT corporation in the Klahanie Shopping Center, 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E. The stand is open from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. through July 4and most of the proceeds will go toward the Gridiron Club, a nonprofit organization that supports the school’s football program, including buying equipment and organizing various events.