Box of Joy is an annual Christmas gift ministry facilitated by Cross Catholic Outreach and supported by parishes, schools and groups throughout the United States. Every year, these incredible participants and volunteers pack, gather and send hope-restoring presents to children living in extreme poverty. Many of the children served by Box of Joy have never received a Christmas present before — so each gift goes a long way toward making the season special.
Thanks to Catholics like you, 118,990 children received a Box of Joy during the 2022 Christmas season. These Christmas presents were distributed by our ministry partners in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras and Malawi.
Each gift we sent was hand-packed by individuals from 1,251 participating U.S. organizations, including 218 schools and 535 parishes. The presents traveled from 242 drop-off centers throughout the U.S. to our national screening center in South Florida, where 1,192 volunteers inspected each gift and added a rosary and a story about Jesus to every box. A total of 514,855 children have been blessed with Christmas gifts since Cross Catholic Outreach launched the Box of Joy ministry in 2014. When you participated in this mission of mercy, you gave children living in poverty hope for a brighter future — and we pray God bless you for your compassion!