As COVID spreads, children in developing countries need not only your support, but also the reassurance that they are loved by God!
Box of Joy has a material and spiritual impact on poor children in developing countries. For many of these children, a Box of Joy will be their first Christmas gift. Cross Catholic Outreach continues spreading the joy of the Gospel and distributes boxes of joy by following local guidelines in the developing countries we serve.
We believe in the urgency of reaching communities with the eternal hope of the Gospel, especially in these uncertain times. Thank you for putting your faith in action and giving a precious gift of hope to little ones who need it the most!
A Project Leader plans, prepares and facilitates the packing of Box of Joy gifts by his or her group. Your group chooses a Project Leader, any adult who is excited about mobilizing Christmas joy! The Project Leader registers the group, noting the number of children the group wants to bless with Boxes of Joy.
The Project Leader will receive a Project Leader Kit from Cross Catholic Outreach. Each kit includes Box of Joy materials for the group and COVID-19 guidelines for a safe and successful faith-in-action activity.
Project Leaders and their groups shop following local guidelines, for children’s gifts and pack the Boxes of Joy. Each group member includes a $9 donation in each box to cover the cost of shipping and to support the priests and nuns ministering to these children.
Shipping: Our staff is preparing for any adjustments that may need to be made in light of the unfolding situation. We can continue spreading the joy of the Gospel and distributing Boxes of Joy internationally in a safe manner by following local guidelines in each destination country.
Box of Joy Week is Nov. 7-15. All Box of Joy group members bring their Boxes of Joy to the group’s meeting place while following the COVID-19 guidelines that were provided to each Project Leader.
The Project Leader delivers the Boxes of Joy to your local Drop-Off Center. Our interactive map (available soon) shows the locations of all Drop-Off Centers. Each location will be following COVID-19 precautionary measures to ensure your safety. Contact your local Drop-Off Center to see whether an appointment is required.
The Boxes of Joy are shipped to the children in greatest need around the world. In 2019, Box of Joy participants blessed over 75,797 children in seven countries.
Yes, Cross Catholic Outreach will continue with the Box of Joy ministry this season. You can sign up your group here. Box of Joy Week is Nov. 7-15, 2020. Box of Joy participants can find their nearest Drop-Off Centers on this page by late October/early November. The best way to stay up to date on any changes this season is by continuing to check the Box of Joy homepage or by visiting our social media channels.
We strongly encourage packing parties to follow local government guidelines. If your church’s or group’s Box of Joy goal is impacted by COVID-19, each participating organization could consider developing procedures for a touch-free experience for donors. If group activities are not possible, families can pack their boxes at home and bring them to the drop-off location. Some participants may want to consider Create-A-Box Online.
We understand that each community, county and state may be in a different phase of COVID-19 recovery during Box of Joy Week. Cross Catholic Outreach will stay connected with all locations and provide resources and procedures for Drop-Off Centers to ensure the safety and well-being of both donors and volunteers. This may include wearing personal protective equipment and developing procedures for a touch-free experience for donors.
Cross Catholic Outreach will plan for a traditional processing season with volunteers; however, we understand disease trends could prevent this from occurring. In this case, contingency plans are being developed that would still allow volunteers to process Boxes of Joy even if social distancing restrictions are needed. Also, additional personal protective equipment will be readily available and additional cleaning protocols are being developed in 2020 for our National Screening Center. We encourage you to check the Team Joy page for the latest information.
We are continuing ministry overseas. In fact, we have increased our aid because poor communities overseas suffer from desperate needs far beyond what we experience in the U.S. Cross Catholic Outreach is working directly with our international leadership teams in the countries we will serve in order to assess ongoing ministry activity with some modifications according to local government guidelines.
Yes! Now more than ever, children need to have the reassurance that they are loved by God. We believe in the urgency of reaching communities with the eternal hope of the Gospel, especially in these uncertain times. Box of Joy gifts, the Story of Jesus and the rosary are powerful tools to share God’s love with thousands of children around the world.
The health and safety of our staff, local partners and beneficiaries are of utmost importance to us. Cross Catholic Outreach will continue to monitor COVID-19 trends around the world. In addition, we are working directly with our international partners to assess ongoing ministry activity with some modifications according to local government guidelines. If local restrictions make it impossible for children to gather for a distribution celebration, the Boxes of Joy will be delivered to their homes by volunteers.
The Cross Catholic Outreach Box of Joy team encourages everyone to follow local guidelines and use personal discretion when shopping for gift items. Many stores are opening around the country, and online shopping is a popular method for participants. Here is our BOJ Wish List, now public on Amazon Smile under Cross Catholic Outreach – Box of Joy Wish List.
At this time, there are no changes to what can and can’t be packed in Box of Joy gifts this year. A current list of suggested gift items can be found on this page. Hand soap (bar soap, not liquid) is already on this list but is now needed more than ever.