MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - An elderly Midland man has made thousands of crosses and given them out to strangers and people across the world. He says he will continue to make them and hand them out until he can't make them anymore.
"Kind of known as the cross man. It's something that I've been doing for 20, 30 years," said Fred Meissner. "Whether [they are] thrown in the trash, that is not my problem. My problem is to make those crosses and give them away to do His will."
Meissner, 83, has made thousands of crosses in more than two decades. More than 200 are proudly displayed in his home.
"I average about 150, 160 a week," said Meissner. "Most people are very honored to receive those crosses and I can pretty well tell the person I give one to whether they will appreciate it or not."
Meissner says he has had many blessings in his life, including working for NASA as an engineer during The Space Race. After moving back to Midland in the 1990s, Meissner got sick.
"Three doctors had determined I had less than six months to live," said Meissner.
He made a full recovery. That is when he decided to dedicate himself to making crosses and giving them out.
"He says 'make them and give them away,' so when they leave my hand, my job is done. They might throw them out on the ground, somebody else finds them, picks it up and it means something to that person. I will make them as long as I am physically able to make them," said Meissner.
Meissner doesn't sell the small crosses he makes. He has gotten money to make the crosses from donations.
Meissner mainly gives out small crosses at church or when he is at a store. He believes he has made more than 100,000 crosses to date.