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Turn pens for the troops
Turn pens for the troops

Here's a fun, family-friendly way to honor our servicemen overseas.  From the news release...

For the seventh year, the Spokane Valley Woodcraft store, located at 212 N Sullivan Rd is inviting the general public to participate in a pen turn-a-thon event on Saturday and Sunday, November 10-11, 2012, to craft high quality, wooden pens for American servicemen and women actively deployed overseas and recovering in military hospitals, company officials announced. The pens are sent as a reminder that people back home remember and appreciate their efforts.

“Through the help of the general public and our customers, we were able to make and send 200 pens to our troops deployed overseas last year,” said Nick Charles co-owner of the Spokane Valley Woodcraft store. “We hope to surpass that number this year. There are so many service people around the world and we know they appreciate having a special gift from home.”

Charles said Woodcraft personnel will be on hand from 9:00AM on November 10 to instruct people how to make the pens. A first pen project takes about 30 to 45 minutes, but after creating a few pens the time can drop down to just 15 minutes each.

“This is a great event for first time pen turners and those interested in learning a new skill,” Charles said. “At the same time, we’re helping our military personnel both overseas and in injury rehabilitation centers.”  Since the program’s beginning in January 2004, more than 85,000 customized pens have been created and sent to members of the armed forces from Woodcraft stores nationwide.

For additional information, contact the Spokane Valley Woodcraft Store at 892-9662 or visit stores.woodcraft.com/spokane.

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