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Community donations help Lufkin firework stand recover after break-in

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

 As Fourth of July celebrations come to a close one Lufkin firework stand is counting their blessings.

"We're just going to keep going and trust the Lord," said Luis Salazar, Youth Pastor, Clawson Assembly of God Church.

Clawson Assembly of God Church sells fireworks each year to raise money for their youth ministry. But this year a break in cost them 13 hundred dollars worth of product.

"It set us back a little bit in light of last year where we couldn't sell fireworks, that was a bit of a bummer and then to have something like this happen it was heart-wrenching," said Salazar.

The money made selling fireworks goes towards sending the church's youth group to camp and a national fine arts competition in Kentucky next month.

"On our own it's really hard to make money for these kinds of things so it's good that we have something out there that helps kids that don't really have the money to go," said Dillon Richey, Student, Clawson Assembly of God Church.

Dillon Richey helped to sell fireworks and participates in fine arts competitions. He says the seasonal fundraiser gives everyone the opportunity to be involved.

"Fine arts really has something for everybody and their talents its very popular here because everybody has a chance to do something," said Richey.

Despite the break-in the church was still able to raise about three thousand dollars, with the help of the community and late Independence Day sales.

"We're a little bit shy of our goal somebody donated 500 dollars and another person donated 100 dollars," said Salazar.

While the theft left a gap in the fundraiser, the ministry is looking forward to a positive future.

"There's no hard feeling, the main thing is we would like to recover our product but so that way we can sell it next season during the Christmas and New Year's season," said Salazar.

 On July 22nd, Clawson Assembly of God will host a dinner theater fundraiser.

 Students participating in fine arts competition will show off their talents and serve dinner for their audience. The performance will start at six.

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