Box of Joy is an annual Christmas gift ministry facilitated by Cross Catholic Outreach and organized by parishes, schools and groups throughout the U.S. Every year, incredible participants and volunteers collect, pack and send 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, 106,276 children received a Box of Joy during the 2021 Christmas season. These gifts were distributed by our ministry partners in El Salvador, Haiti, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
Each gift was hand packed by 1,124 participating U.S. organizations, including 208 schools, 487 parishes and 429 other groups. Gifts traveled from 288 drop-off centers throughout the U.S. to our national screening center in South Florida where 855 volunteers inspected each gift and added a rosary and a story about Jesus to every box. A total of 393,865 children have been blessed with Christmas gifts since Cross Catholic Outreach launched the Box of Joy ministry in 2014. God bless you for your compassion!