EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHomeless Veteran Sells Handmade Flower Art For Living
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jul. 4, 2013 4:31 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 4, 2013 6:24 PM EDT
Barboursville , Cabell County , West Virginia
A man who braves all the elements year round to make and sell floral art in Barboursville said he does it for the love of helping others.
David Norton said he's a navy veteran who started making the silk flower displays and necklaces several years ago.
"I'm out here every single day," he said. "I just love to make them."
He perches different places along U.S. Route 60 in Barboursville to sell the flowers for $2 each.
"I've made so many friends up and down through here people blow their horns and wave at me, you know, businesses I've become friends with up and down through here," he said.
Several weeks ago, a picture of Norton went viral on social media, and the demand for the flowers went wild. He said sometimes there is a line to buy the flowers, and he can hardly keep up.
Danice Watts said she stops frequently to pick up a flower to take to shut-ins.
"He does such a good job, and he dates it and writes a little note on it," she said. "He makes someone else smile that's never even met him."
Many places have reached out to offer assistance to him, but he said he prefers to be out on his own.
"I've always been the outdoor person," he said. "I don't want to be inside all the time. I like being outside."
He said he's content crafting one-of a kind pieces and striving to be self-sufficient.
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