About two years ago, Thrive Church in Lathrop was among the fortunate non-profits to get a Fourth of July fireworks booth.
It was almost like winning the lottery.
The sales of Phantom Fireworks for the church at 17261 S. Manthey Road, provided ample support for the Warehouse Youth & Young Ministry.
“Proceeds go to not just one but a bunch of stuff,” said Josh Elliott of Thrive Church.
Included was “The Moment 2016” conference held at the church. This weekend-long event featuring various speakers with some coming from out of state grew from 80 to nearly 400 in attendance in a two-year span.
“We’re hoping to break that number this year,” Elliott said.
The Thrive Church safe-and-sane fireworks booth is now in the Jack in the Box restaurant parking long on Louise Avenue just off the Interstate 5 offramp.
“We’re excited about this spot because it’s just off the freeway and gets plenty of traffic,” said Elliott, who noted that the booth was located further down the way a year ago in the parking lot of La Reina Supermarket.
He along with Antonio Anarjo and Cade Smith had the opening shift on Wednesday – the first day of fireworks sale – having arrived early in the morning to get the booth ready for the 10:30 a.m. fire inspection.
“Without that, you can’t open the booth,” Elliott said.
The Thrive Church folks not only passed the fire inspection but kicked off the fireworks sale season at noon.
This Phantom firework booth will be open at 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and most of this week, and will be in operation through Tuesday, July 4.
Elliott indicated that this year’s proceeds will help Warehouse Youth & Young Adult Ministry and their efforts to do family outreach, feed the homeless, provide scholarships, and send someone from the church to Uganda for a mission trip, with enough for “The Moment 2017” conference.
His fireworks stock includes more buy one, get one free selections along with several big-ticket items such as The Phantom Backyard Bash package at $599 – a few extras items are also thrown in – and The Fire Blast at $199.
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