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"Footprints in the Sand" monument still draws visitors, needs donations

CARTHAGE, TX (KSLA) -

Standing more than 14 feet tall, a statue of Jesus Christ carrying a man welcomes countless visitors to Carthage, Texas. 

It's a vision of the poem "Footprints in the Sand."

Sculptor and designer Bob Harness first read the poem at a friend's funeral several years ago.

"When I read it, I said wow, I've walked that pathway before and it's the first time I recall that I've read that poem." he explained. 

Several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of donations later, the monument is a reality. A dedication ceremony was just held in June 2016.

But the site isn't completely done yet. 

Harness and project managers also hope to make an entrance gate to the site, blacktop the driveway, place more plaques on the unfinished walls and possibly build a pavilion on a spot of open land next to the statue.

Efforts to raise the final $100,000 dollars for those finishing touches are still ongoing. Harness says they are also waiting for some construction off Dixie Lake Road to finish. 

Even without those extra touches, Harness says the monument has been a symbol of his own faith and a great comfort to visitors. People from across the country stop at the statue. Last year, a Shreveport man's video about it went viral.

"I donated my time and talent for it because God has been so good to me," said Harness. "I thought you know, I will never be able to repay God for what he's done." 

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would have the effect that it has had on people. People come from all over or say all the time, I made a wrong turn. I say no you didn't, you made the right turn."

This project has been funded purely by donations. If you'd like to donate to the finishing touches and upkeep of the monument and park, click here.

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