On August 15, the international nonprofit Crayon Collection, which donates gently used crayons to teachers, will take to YouTube to host a free gratitude note-writing event. The event celebrates the life of the late Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York City emergency room physician who treated coronavirus patients and died by suicide in April, as well as the efforts of frontline workers during the pandemic. Participants’ written or drawn notes of kindness will be sent to local hospitals.
Several guests will join the livestream via Google Meet, including Drew Daywalt, author of the bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit (Philomel), who will do a reading and give away 100 copies of the picture book to Head Start educators, and Oliver Jeffers, illustrator of the Crayons books, who will share his own note created for the event.
Crayon Collection is also attempting to garner its second Guinness World Records title: “The Most Handwritten Notes Uploaded to Instagram in One Hour.” An attending judge from Guinness World Records will count the notes uploaded under the hashtag #CrayonCollection.