Pens for Peacekeepers

The gift of a handwritten letter shows appreciation for Canadian forces.
By Jim Shaver
Pages: 86-87

From the February 2007 issue #160
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About two years ago I was selling some of my woodworking and pens at a craft show. After the show, I had several pens left and remembered reading about a project started by Keith Outten, wood forum host for Sawmill Creek (sawmillcreek.com) called Freedom Pens (freedompens.org), which sends handcrafted pens to American servicemen and women who serve in dangerous areas of the world.

I was inspired by the project and I spoke with Outten about how he was able to organize his project and establish public support.
I sent Freedom Pens a few of my remaining pens and included a handwritten letter with each one. It’s then when the gears started to turn for me; I began to wonder how I could start something similar for the Canadian Armed Forces. I wanted a project that said thank you to the men and women of the Canadian Forces, one person at a time. I know that we seldom celebrate what our Canadian soldiers do, and that Canadians are a patriotic people, but we don’t usually show it in an outward fashion. I want to change that.

From the February 2007 issue #160
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