Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Box of Joy and how you can bless children.

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Register your group by filling out this form.

We will send you the number of boxes you wish to fill, as well as instructions on how to fill them and where to take them when you’re finished. For gift ideas, click here.  For more information on Drop-Off Centers, click here.
There are a variety of ways you can fill your Box of Joy gifts with items children will love. Click here to see what we’re looking for.
After you’ve finished filling up your Box of Joy gifts, you will deliver them to your nearest Drop-Off Center during Box of Joy Week (Nov 5-13, 2022). Click here to find a location. If there is not a Drop-Off Center nearby, you may ship your Box of Joy gifts to our National Screening Center. Email logistics@crosscatholic.org to ask for the address and details.

Unfortunately, it is not possible for you to select the destination country for your Box of Joy gifts.  However, you can select the gender and age range of the children you want to bless.

We know that many parishes and Catholic schools have existing ministry partnerships with excellent missions and missionaries in various countries. However, Cross Catholic Outreach already has an extensive network of trusted Catholic ministry partners in over 44 countries, and we work in long-term partnership with them.

Yes! Click here to learn more about helping as a Drop-Off Center volunteer.
Yes! You can participate in Box of Joy by using the online option which allows you to donate a gift box that Team Joy volunteers pack on your behalf at our National Box of Joy Screening Center. If you prefer to pack a shoebox with gifts, please bring it to your nearest Drop-Off Center or ship it directly to the National Box of Joy Screening Center in Doral, FL.
Most groups participate in the Box of Joy ministry during the months of October and early November, but you can do it any time of year.  If you want to participate “off-season,” send an email to boxofjoy@crosscatholic.org and tell us the dates you would like to participate.  We will contact you to discuss details and send your supplies at the appropriate time.
If you miss Box of Joy Week, you may ship your Box of Joy to the National Screening Center. Email logistics@crosscatholic.org to ask for the address and details.
Participants are asked to donate $9 for each Box of Joy they send. This covers shipping costs and includes a donation to our overseas ministry partner. You can make this donation by:
  1. Donating online at CrossCatholic.org/box-of-joy/online. (This is the preferred option)
  2. Sending a check to our Donation Processing Center in Washington, D.C., using the self-addressed stamped envelope provided with the gift box.
  3. Giving your check to your Project Leader, who will send all monetary donations in a postage-paid envelope provided in the Project Leader kit.

Parishes, schools, and groups outside the contiguous United States are encouraged to participate in Box of Joy by using the online option which allows you to donate a gift box Team Joy volunteers pack at the Box of Joy National Screening Center on your behalf. If you prefer to pack a shoebox with gifts, please ship it directly to the Box of Joy National Screening Center.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of people like you, Box of Joy blessed

106,276

children in 7 countries

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