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Firework Stand Gives Back To Community

July 2, 2012, 9:47 AM by Kellee Azar

Firework Stand Gives Back To Community

As the Fourth of July approaches many people are purchasing their fireworks and getting ready to enjoy time with family and friends. Some of them are also giving back.

It's the busiest time of the year for Pyro City Fireworks.  And owner Kevin Lorenzen is taking advantage of that to help others.

"We have been doing fundraisers for different organizations over the years. We did the Backpack Program last year and we decided to do it this year because we had such a great response from employees and the customers," Pyro City Fireworks owner Kevin Lorenzen said.

When people pick up fireworks they usually buy one of these to light them.

"They are called Pro Punks, they burn for about two hours a piece and everyone can use them to light their fireworks. It's a great item everyone can use and then all the proceeds go to the Backpack Program," Lorenzen said.

The organization will use every penny from Pro Punks sales to fill up bags for students in need.

"What the Backpack Program does is provides them that package of food to take home with them on the weekends. It ensures they have something to eat so when they come to school on Monday they are not starved but are ready to learn," Matt Gassen with Feeding South Dakota said.

Gassen is thankful that the fireworks store and its customers want to help.

"It obviously makes us feel great and they are the ones that allow us to do the work that we do. It’s those grass roots, those local individuals and businesses that have supported us for so many years that have enabled us to do the work that we are doing.  So we are just so grateful to them," Gassen said.

Lorenzen says with the response he's seen, donating to local organizations will be something he and his crew at Pyro City Fireworks will keep up.

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