Hockessin Business Association members were very receptive to the Hockessin-Greenville Rotary proposal to raise money for the Hockessin Parade fireworks by placing collection boxes at businesses throughout the village.
Terry Massie, a member of the Hockessin-Greenville Rotary, made the pitch at the association's Tuesday night meeting as a way to avoid the situation the nonprofit organization faced in 2015, when it predicted it could not pay for the estimated $12,000 to $15,000 cost of the fireworks.
The Hockessin Business Association's monthly meeting was held at M&T Bank in Lantana Square Tuesday night. M&T and Woodside Farm Creamery provided wine and cheese as this month's meeting sponsor.
The first local merchant to volunteer was Lettie's Kitchen owner/operator Tom Alexander. He said the Hockessin fireworks, the relays and the Fourth of July parade were very important to him as someone who grew up in Hockessin.
"Count me in," Alexander said.
Massie proposed 25 to 30 drop boxes, but Alexander said 100 was a better number.
Massie said he was working with a local sign maker to prepare the boxes so that people would know they were donating money to the Hockessin fireworks. Any amount was welcomed, be it $5, $10 or even pocket change, he added.
The Hockessin-Greenville Rotary Club has coordinated and provided funding for the Fourth of July activities in Hockessin since 2005. The holiday activities include the early morning relays, the afternoon parade and the fireworks at nightfall.
Rotary officials announced in July that the $20,000 annual costs had exceeded fundraising efforts, with fireworks accounting for the majority of expenses.