Two children in green school uniforms hug their Box of Joy Christmas gifts.
Children in Malawi rejoice at receiving Box of Joy gifts distributed by leaders of the Diocese of Karonga.

Bringing Joy to Children in Need


A priest prays over gifts being prepped to send to the poor.
Bishop Vincke blesses the Box of Joy gifts wrapped by parishioners of his diocese.

Bishop Gerald Vincke of the Diocese of Salina in Kansas, who serves on our board of directors, led the parishes of his diocese in participating in a rewarding outreach to the poor — our Box of Joy® ministry.

Inspired by the love of Jesus for little children found in sacred Scripture, Cross Catholic Outreach launched Box of Joy in 2014 with a mission to share God’s love with the world’s children trapped in the bondage of poverty. Each child receives an array of Christmas gifts, a rosary and The Story of Jesus coloring book. Many times, children who receive a Box of Joy gift are receiving their very first Christmas present.

Bishop Vincke, who is a Missionary of Mercy as appointed by Pope Francis, called upon every parish to participate in this ministry to show God’s love to children in the developing world. The initiative coincided with the diocese’s Year of Mercy. The response was overwhelming. Parishes throughout the diocese responded with hard work, dedication and generosity and created over 1,200 Box of Joy gifts, helping Cross Catholic Outreach set a record for the most boxes created in one year!

Bless a Child

Do you want to engage your parishioners in an act of love and mercy for children in the developing world? We make it simple to participate in Box of Joy. Parish groups can sign up for hands-on service opportunities that put faith into action. We’ll send you the empty Box of Joy branded boxes, and after your group shops and packs them with toys, you just return them to your nearest drop-off center. We also welcome individuals and families to participate on their own!

To learn more or to register your group for the 2024 Box of Joy season, visit

Abundant Blessings

Our friends have blessed children with over 600,000 Box of Joy gifts since 2014. The ministry continues to grow each year because of the generosity of parishioners!

Box of Joy is a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach.

Donate to Make a Difference


Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.