Cross helps non-profits through her jewelry

By Denny Deady | Published Sunday, August 15, 2010

For as long as she can remember, Kristi Cross has enjoyed helping others through work with non-profit agencies. Following graduation from Decatur High School, she attended Texas Woman’s University where she earned a degree in community health.

She served an internship with the American Heart Association and is now director of education services for the non-profit Star Council.

A few years ago, she started designing and creating jewelry. That hobby has turned into a business, Rockin’ Rhinestones, and that business is heavily involved with non-profit organizations.

Last month, Cross was invited to display her jewelry and provide jewelry for some models at the Northwest Louisiana Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure Survivors Luncheon at the Eldorado Casino in Shreveport, La. Cross’ mother, Karen Cross of Decatur, met the chairman of the July 30 luncheon, Crystal Brown-Tatum, while in Houston. Karen was wearing one of Kristi’s necklaces that caught Brown-Tatum’s eye. An invitation to show the jewelry at the luncheon quickly followed.

Cross has also been invited to show her jewelry at the Aug. 19 Diamonds, Pearls & Resilient Women Extravaganza in Fort Worth at The Mercado Event Center. The event benefits the non-profit Girls Inc.

For six years, Cross was involved with the Wise County Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society. She served as co-chair of the highly successful event for two years.

“I work for a non-profit so I enjoy helping other non-profits,” said Cross.

Cross sells her jewelry through home parties. She can be contacted at

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