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Flint man makes Star Wars toy lightsaber

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(09/20/12) - Remember those lightsabers from the iconic Star Wars films? You may have even had a toy lightsaber as a child - or as an adult.

One Flint Man never really outgrew his childhood love. Now he's using that love to spread joy to others.

Adam Churchill is a 32-year-old Flint man with a unique passion. He admits his hobby is interesting. "I found it absurd and I still find that today when I show people things I've made. They'll either be like 'wow' or 'why?' They either get or they don't get it."

For years, Churchill has hand crafted lightsaber handles. He'll spend hours in his garage working on the toys made famous in the Star Wars films.

"One little piece took about three hours to construct out of flat aluminum, just about out of anything."

Churchill has made hundreds over the years. Toy lightsabers tend to be a hot ticket item in stores, but Churchill refuses to sell his. He gives them away.

Churchill often gives the lightsabers away to kids in Flint. Little Bobby, a major Star Wars fan, is the latest recipient.

"He'll quote the movies word for word," said Bobby's dad.

Bobby's dad heard about Churchill, contacted him and wanted to buy one from him, but Churchill wouldn't accept money.

You can clearly see, the lightsaber lights up Bobby's world.

When you ask Churchill why the genorocity, the answer is simple. Why not? "There's people out there, that if you gave them something like this, you've given them a fantasy. It helps them escape everything that is horrible now days," Churchill said.

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