Share the joy

Box of Joy for Families, Churches, Schools, and Organizations

The Box of Joy ministry provides schools, parishes, organizations, and families with a unique opportunity to participate in a simple and tangible work of mercy.

By sending Boxes of Joy – filled with toys, clothing, school supplies, a rosary and the Story of Jesus – your group can demonstrate Christ’s compassion to poor children in developing countries. 

In 2018, Box of Joy participants blessed over

58,000 children in 5 countries

“The world makes us look towards ourselves, our possessions, our desires. The Gospel invites us to be open to others, to share with the poor.”  

– Pope Francis

How It Works

Select a Project Leader

(October 15 deadline)

Your group chooses a Project Leader, any adult who is excited about mobilizing Christmas joy! The Project Leader registers the group and the number of children the group wants to bless with Boxes of Joy.

Organize

(October)

  1. The Leader will receive a Project Leader Kit from Cross Catholic Outreach. Each kit includes materials for a successful faith-in-action activity. The Project Leader holds a kick-off event in October to engage and motivate their Box of Joy group.

Shop & Pack

(October)

  1. Project Leaders and their groups shop 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.

Did you forget to include your $9 check in your Box of Joy?

Fill Boxes of Joy

(Nov. 2-10)

This main event occurs during Box of Joy Week (November 2-10). All Box of Joy group members bring their Boxes of Joy to your group’s meeting place.

Organize

(Nov. 2-10)

  1. The Project Leader delivers the Boxes of Joy to your area’s Drop-off Center during Box of Joy Week. Times, locations, and coordinator information is available on the Drop-off Map.

Blessings Are on the Way

(Christmas 2019)

  1. The Boxes of Joy are shipped to the children in greatest need around the world. In 2018, Box of Joy participants blessed over 58,000 children in five countries received a Box of Joy!

Select a Project Leader

Your group chooses a Project Leader, any adult who is excited about mobilizing Christmas joy! The Project Leader registers the group and the number of children the group wants to bless with Boxes of Joy.

Organize

  1. The Project Leader will receive a Project Leader Kit from Cross Catholic Outreach. Each kit includes materials for a successful faith-in-action activity. The Project Leader holds a kick-off event in October to engage and motivate their Box of Joy group.

Shop & Pack!

  1. Project Leaders and their groups shop 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.
  2.  

Fill Boxes of Joy

This main event occurs during Box of Joy Week (November 2-10). All Box of Joy group members bring their Boxes of Joy to your group’s meeting place.

Deliver

The Project Leader delivers the Boxes of Joy to your area’s Drop-off Center during Box of Joy Week.

Blessings Are on the Way

  1. The Boxes of Joy are shipped to the children in greatest need around the world. In 2018, Box of Joy participants blessed over 58,000 children in five countries received a Box of Joy!

2019 Group Sign Up is Closed, but you may still Sponsor-A-Box

Provide Hope to Children in Need

Each child who receives a Box of Joy also receives a booklet in their own language that tells the story of Jesus. This ensures each child receives the message of eternal hope found in Christ while furthering the evangelization of the Catholic Church around the globe.

Little Dulce Maria’s face (pictured) knew about Christmas, and her family attended church, but Dulce Maria had never received a Christmas gift. Her first Christmas gift was a Box of Joy, packed with love by a family in the U.S. The box meant more than the possessions in the box, it was a spiritual gift of love in the name of Christ.

Share the joy!

2019 Group Sign Up is Closed, but you may still Sponsor-A-Box

Cross Catholic Outreach

Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps to breaks the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.