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Church Does Bang-Up Job With Fundraiser

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WILSON — Church fundraisers are common. But forget bake sales -- for a Wilson church, a fireworks sale is the big moneymaker.

Victory United Pentecostal Church has sold fireworks every summer for the past five years. It is a simple idea that does wonders for the church's budget.

"We got excited about the idea of being able to take ten days and make probably more than we would make in four or five different fundraisers," said the church's pastor, the Rev. Gary Randol.

"We're enjoying the money. We're bringing in extra for different projects in the church."

The big tent in front of the church attracts visitors who might never stop here otherwise. Members say it gives them a chance to meet new people, and invite them to Sunday worship.

"We're friendly," said church member Joyce Galyen. "We love people and we enjoy people coming by and talking to them. We enjoy it."

But be prepared, you might be caught off guard by some of the names of these fireworks. "Hell's Fire" and "Devil's Triangle" at church?

Randol said, "I kind of look at it like this...that at our church, that's going to be the only time you're going to have Hell's Fire and the Devil's Triangle here. We get them out of the church."

The church had a few small fire extinguishers left over from an earlier sale, so members thought the fireworks sale would be the best place to sell them.

The money from the big sale will be used for plumbing improvements and world missions.

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