Young entrepreneur helps others, learns skills

Published 8:48 pm Friday, March 25, 2016

A Sunday school class at Crossway Church has spurred a six-year-old into helping others.

Marissa Rudd, the daughter of Casey and Christopher Rudd, was learning about Jesus, she said, when she came up with the idea to make crosses.

“Well, when I started to think about the idea, it was because we went to church, and we started talking about Jesus. So I came home, and I told my mom and my dad that I have an idea to make the cross that Jesus died on,” Marissa said.

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Marissa has been making wooden crosses since January and plans to sell them at the spring flea market that will be held around the Old Court House on April 23.

Marissa has also made a commitment of donating 50 percent of the proceeds she earns to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

“Some of my friends at church and school go there,” Marissa said, with her dad adding his daughter had also been a patient there when dealing with some heart issues.

With help from her parents and two older brothers, Marissa said they have made 300 crosses since January and have already sold 100.

“We started out making just a few at a time, and when Marissa decided she wanted to go to the flea market, that is when we decided to really kick it in,” Christopher Rudd said.

Made of wood that Marissa’s father said comes from McCoy’s Building Supplies and fabric from Hobby Lobby, the crosses are approximately a foot long and are tied with the material.

“My dad cuts the board and me and my mommy paint, and my daddy staples. Me and my mom pick out the material, and me and my mom and my dad and my two brothers tie, and then my mommy cuts the strings,” Marissa said.

Marissa is a kindergarten student at Beechwood Elementary School. She said her favorite class is art.

Out of the 300 crosses made, Marissa admitted she does have a favorite.

“My favorite one is a pink one. It looks like flowers, and it has white outlines, and it has a white board,” she said.

Marissa’s crosses sell for $10, and her father said in addition to 50 percent of the proceeds going to help Blair E. Batson, a portion of the remaining money will be used to buy materials to make more crosses.

Rudd said he and his wife want to teach their young entrepreneur how a business works.

With what is left over, Marissa said she plans to buy a toy.

For anyone interested in purchasing one of Marissa’s crosses before the flea market, you can find them on Facebook at Marissa’s Crosses, Rudd said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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