Clayton Kent spoke to Kiwanis a few years ago about "Palm Crosses". It was soon after Marv Taylor organized a very successful Flag Pole Committee in the club. Some of the same people decided they would also become involved with Clayton in making the crosses. They are shaped to fit in the palm of ones hand and serve as a "reminder of the blessings you receive through Christ". They have established their own 501 (c) (3) charitable organization , have a web site at <www.thecrossmakers.etsy.com.>and can be contacted at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Their sales of over 38,000 crosses have mostly come during the past 2-3 years. They are all volunteers and have scheduled hours on certain days of the week when they all come together to work. Most of the crosses are made from native Red Cedar which gives them a beautiful color. The process starts with them harvesting wood from trees that have been taken out.
It is cut into boards, plained, the crosses cut-out, sanded and varnished. There are more steps in the process than I have mentioned. The dollar profit from the operation has all been donated to a charitable purpose. The above picture shows Clayton presenting a $1,000.00 check to Marv Taylor for a Kiwanis Avenue Of Flags project that is underway. The project not only provides a worthy product that is cherished by recipients, it provides a revenue stream for charitable purposes and also enables enjoyable camaraderie for those involved. It's a win, win, win activity. Thanks Clayton