Firework sales helping non-profits give back

FRESNO, Calif.

These volunteers are preparing for another day of fireworks sales near River Park. But the fireworks in these boxes serve a double purpose, fun for families and funds for local groups.

Kathryn Doi said, "It helps underprivileged youth that can't afford to do martial arts and give the benefits of martial arts training."

Kathy Doi is following in her late brother, Stuart Quan's footsteps -- helping the Bushido Kai Spirit Foundation. Quan was beloved martial arts teacher in Fresno who helped many people over the years. This is the first year they've fundraised with a fireworks stand.

"From being a rookie we felt really good about it," said Kathryn Doi. "We haven't done it before, but it's been hot, it's been crazy, but it's been worth it."

The funds raised will help martial arts students attend a national competition and possibly even compete in the Pan America Games.

And in Clovis, the Central Valley Cycling Charitable Association, otherwise known as 'Parker's Team' is back at it again, selling fireworks for the fifth year.

Dozens of members are working the fireworks booth near the Sierra Vista Mall. Parker's Team donates to several local charities.

"We have Ike and Shine, which is an amazing group that teaches children with disabilities such as autism, down syndrome to ride a bike," said Terry Webster. "Kids that have never been able to ride a bike before. We also help Camp Sunshine Dreams, which is a camp for kids with cancer and their siblings."

Both non-profit organizations say the firework sales are a major part in their fundraising season.

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