In recent years, more than 390,000 children in seven countries have been blessed to receive a Box of Joy. This beautiful and generous outreach was made possible by mobilized Catholics across the United States and included major contributions from compassionate members of the Knights of Columbus. This year, we pray more than 145,000 additional children will receive a Box of Joy!
Aligning with the Knights’ faith-in-action objectives, the Box of Joy ministry delivers a gift to children who may have never received a Christmas present. These gifts are packed with love and share the joy of Christ, giving hope to impoverished children who lack even the most basic necessities of life.
Cross Catholic Outreach acknowledges the Maryland State Council and councils across the country for including the Box of Joy ministry as a significant part of their faith-in-action strategy. In keeping with our shared desire to evangelize our Catholic faith, a rosary and a book, The Story of Jesus, are included in every Box of Joy. The ministry provides an opportunity for Knights, their families and their parish communities to unite in this work of mercy — and to be leaders in sharing the joy of the Gospel to those in need.
Each fall, councils add Box of Joy to their calendar of activities and Cross Catholic Outreach ships everything they need to coordinate the service project within their families and faith communities. As they serve together in brotherly unity, they represent the body of Christ to a suffering world, and the blessings they receive are abundant. Formally recommended by the Supreme Council as a partner under the “Helping Hands” program in the “community program” category and in the Knights of Columbus’ Faith in Action guidebook, Box of Joy is the perfect addition in a fraternal year of service and charity.
To learn more, visit CrossCatholic.org/engage.
Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach.