6! Pens, Crayons, Markers or Pencils – Operation Christmas Child Weekly Countdown

2016 Operation Christmas Child Countdown 6

Shoebox Checklist

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Handmade Gift Thumbs up

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A Note from You Thumbs up

What’s next?

You Can’t Go Wrong When You Go Write

Everyone seems to have their favorite way of including writing utensils in their shoeboxes.

Some are totally pen men shippers (as well as pen women and children shippers).

(Get it? Penmenship? 😉 )


Some lean toward markers.



Some are crayon fans.


Some are pencil folks.

(Don’t forget the sharpener!)

Pencil in Case

No Really Wrong Write Way

I have my writing ways about me, too.

As one who tends to like this and that, I pretty much like anything that scratches the surface of something else and leaves an imprint for others to ponder.

So here’s what I do for my shoeboxes …

Three Tools, Three Age Ranges

For the little ones, ages 2-4 years old, I like to pack crayons.  I leave them in the box, tucking it into a crocheted crayon case. This blue one began with a Mrs. Judy Flower.

Crayon Case

For the medium ones, ages 5-9 years old, I like to pack markers. They feel a little more grown up, so I like to treat them that way. I take the markers out of the box and put them in a crocheted marker bag.

Blue Water Marker Case

For the older ones, ages 10-14 years old, I like to pack pens. I try to buy name brand ones during back-to-school sales so they last as long as possible.  These, too, I take out of the boxes and put into crocheted pen cases.

Pen Case

Doing What We Can

If I could, I would want to give everyone a little bit of everything, but I can’t do everything so I trust God that they will receive just what they need.

Maybe if they need a pen or a marker or a crayon, one of their friends will let them borrow it.  Smile

Like I tell my Operation Little Feet volunteers:

“We are doing what we can to let them know we care.”

And more importantly, to let them know God cares.

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