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Local shop makes custom pens for veterans

Local shop makes custom pens for veterans

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - You can make the most of the Veteran's Day holiday by sending a handmade gift to a military member serving overseas. Woodcraft in Spokane Valley is hosting their annual "Turn for Troops" event Friday and Saturday.

You can create a personalized wood pen for a deployed veteran and those in rehabilitation here at home.

Woodcraft has been doing this for thirteen years -- they estimate, customers have made more than 120-thousand pens for veterans.

Local woodcraft owner Nick Charles says, as a veteran himself, he knows how much a gift like this means.

"I think there is a little bit of a personal connection in it as well. When it gets time, after you have made your pen and put your finish on it and write your note, some people will actually put their email on there. They will actually get an e-mail from the person who received the pen they turned," said Charles.

Woodcraft will package up the pens and ship them off to their corporate headquarters. Those gifts should arrive to service men and women by Christmas. Woodcraft is open for "Turn for Troops" until 8 p.m. on Veterans Day and 6 p.m. Saturday.