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Sept. 21 is National Tradesman Day

The path to a woodworker's heart is doughnuts and coffee, according to Irwin Tools, promoter of the second annual National Tradesman Day, which is Sept. 21.

“Without these hard working men and women, America’s infrastructure and our way of life would come to a screeching halt. It’s vitally important that we say thanks,” Irwin vice president of marketing Curt Rahilly said in a statement.

Irwin is partnering with retailers and community groups for National Tradesmen Day celebrations. The tool manufacturer also offers ideas to show appreciation.

• Call your favorite handyman and simply say “thanks for all you do.”

• Stop by a local jobsite where tradesmen are working and leave a box of doughnuts or cookies.

• Buy a tradesman coffee when you stop by a convenience store.

• If your friend, husband, wife, daughter, or son is a tradesman, make Sept. 21 an extra special day for him/her.

• Support trade schools that train America’s future tradesmen and urge Congress to adopt workforce development policies for skilled trades.

• Talk with your kids about the endless career opportunities in a skilled trade and visit to learn more about a national organization serving teachers, high school and college students preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.

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