What's Working: Carving Crosses to Give Back

What's Working: Carving Crosses to Give Back

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A Mobile man who is on his second stay at the Salvation Army in Mobile is giving back to the organization that is helping him get clean. Joe Berry, known as "Mr. Joe" around the organization, has made over 100 Easter Crosses for employees and for the Salvation Army Board. The money raised went toward buying Easter baskets for kids involved in the youth program.

Mr. Joe learned the craft of wood-working during his twelve years in prison. He says, it was "therapy, to keep your mind from wandering because you are incarcerated." He spent time in the prison workshop learning how to carve. He showed News Five his crosses, as well as trays and other beautiful pieces. He is just thankful he can put his talents to good use, and give back to the Salvation Army. He says, "It's something I enjoy doing, and if it benefits the Salvation Army, I get more out of it than anything."  He also helps refurbish furniture that is sold in the Salvation Army's thrift shop.

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