Wichita Falls Man Gives Away Almost 6,000 Handmade Crosses

If you happened to go through Chelsea Drive in Wichita Falls, you may have noticed a pattern.
A pattern of single white crosses that is.
 
It's a project that started three years ago with only a dozen crosses.
Now it's turned into almost 6,000 hand-made crosses spread across the entire U.S.
 
"Well I thought I'd make about a dozen to start with and now I'm at a little over 5,500," Dennis Appleby said. 
 
Three years ago, Dennis Appleby decided to make little wooden crosses, little did he know it would be the beginning of something much bigger. 
 
"It upset me that certain people are always going to court to get crosses removed from military memorials and any public place and that was kind of the beginning," said Appleby. 
 
Appleby said he keeps crosses in the back of his vehicle just in case he runs into somebody who wants one.
He gives every single one of them away for free. 
 
"If I see someone around town that I think would like to have one, I just ask if they'd like to have one. And they're kind of bewildered at first but then when they know i don't want anything for it, I just want to give them a cross," Appleby said.
 
Appleby said seeing the recipients' excitement is payment enough for the work he puts in to make the crosses.
 
"One lady was walking by when I was out painting crosses and she had a little boy with her. And so I asked if she wanted a cross and she did. So I gave her one and the little boy just jumped up and down and he says 'Oh boy! Now we have our own cross.' So things like that just make it worth while." 
 
Appleby also said he always packs a few crosses in the car when he travels across the US and that he has given away crosses in about 45 other states. 

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