Turn For Troops Pen Turn-a-thon –

Handmade Pens Created for U.S. Troops Overseas

PARKERSBURG, WV – For a sixth year, the Woodcraft stores from Boston to Honolulu are inviting the general public to participate in a pen turn-a-thon to craft high quality pens for American servicemen and women actively deployed overseas, as a reminder that people back home remember and appreciate their efforts, company officials announced.

Since the program’s beginning in January 2004, more than 35,000 customized pens have been created and sent to members of the armed forces from Woodcraft customers, employees, and others. Each year the program has grown, and the responses from the stores and the public has been amazing. “There are so many service people around the world, and we know they appreciate having a special gift from home,” said Peter Parker, Woodcraft’s program administrator.

We encourage hand-written notes to the troops be enclosed. Thank them for their service and sacrifice. Let them know why they are receiving it, and from whom. Tell them what kind of wood the pen is turned from, etc. We have received many thank you notes back from the troops for our participation and support of this program.

The Wasatch Penturners Club is actively supporting this effort. The Sandy Woodcraft store will be collecting pens this year until November 17, 2009. Please be generous. The pens will be individually packaged by Woodcraft before they are sent overseas to our service personnel.