Gift giving is a meaningful part of Christmas, but sadly, severe poverty deprives many children of this simple joy. By sending a Box of Joy — filled with toys, clothing, school supplies, a rosary and the Story of Jesus — you can demonstrate Christ’s compassion to an impoverished child who may have never before received a Christmas gift. $34 provides a box, and $102 provides three boxes.
Brandi Milloy joined Cross Catholic Outreach in the Dominican Republic, where she was able to see how a Box of Joy blesses children living in poverty. “These boxes give hope,” exclaimed Brandi. “They remind these children they are loved and prayed over. They create memorable experiences. Many of the children wanted to wait until they were home to open their box—too scared it wasn’t real and it would be taken away. They are tremendously grateful. Every single thing is desired and adored.”
Recently Brandi hosted a party with a purpose where guests helped fill Box of Joy gifts with donated toys, school supplies, sports goods and more. Learn more about hosting your own Box of Joy event here.
Brandi is a renowned TV host, food reporter, lifestyle & parenting expert, and self-taught at-home cook. Her delightful and relatable food, entertaining, and DIY segments have made frequent appearances on popular shows like Home & Family, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Dr. Phil, and Access Hollywood.
She is an active parishioner at her home parish, American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach, CA where she serves in a variety of ministries. She also served as a Confirmation teacher for 8 years at St. Brendan’s Church in Los Angeles, CA.
The Cross Catholic Outreach Christmas Catalog makes it fun and easy to extend the joy of Christmas to the poor. Instead of being filled with retail items, the catalog contains meaningful gifts for some of the world’s most impoverished families. Some gifts are lifesaving items such as Food or Hygiene Products, while others are large projects such as Safe Homes or Clean Water. All gifts are sent on your behalf to grateful families in developing countries.
It’s easy to shop through the Cross Catholic Outreach Christmas Catalog. Simply browse through the categories and choose an item within your budget and close to your heart, such as Women-Owned Farms in Haiti or Powdered Milk for Children. Select and sponsor one or more of these gifts, and you’ll make a meaningful impact on the life of a needy child or family overseas. It’s that simple!
Blessing the poor happens year-round. Some gifts in our Christmas Catalog are sourced locally, so there is no need to worry about international shipping. For items that require shipping, Cross Catholic Outreach works with partners in every country we serve to ensure Christmas Catalog gifts are delivered in a timely fashion.
Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for the Christmas Catalog 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.