Every Box of Joy gift is marked for a boy or girl within a specific age range, ensuring that each child gets a gift catered to them.

Box of Joy® Impact

Blessing Impoverished Children With Christmas Joy

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!

Fiscal Year 2023 Impact

118,990
Children
Received a Box of Joy
1,251
Groups
Packed Boxes in the U.S.
535
Participating U.S. Parishes
514,855
Children
have benefited since 2014

FUNDASEP: AN OUTREACH OF THE DIOCESE OF SAN JUAN DE LA MAGUANA

BLESSING POOR VILLAGES IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

A young boy stretches out his hands to receive a gift box.
Young Jancent was overjoyed when receiving his Box of Joy. His favorite gift was the sunglasses he found inside.

Though the poor never forget to celebrate the coming of Christ, their festivities do not include the lavish gift-giving we are accustomed to here in the United States. That’s why Cross Catholic Outreach proudly partners with FUNDASEP in the Dominican Republic to ensure the children of struggling parents in impoverished villages throughout the diocese receive a Box of Joy.

In every village where FUNDASEP distributed Box of Joy gifts, a celebration is held for the community. Men, women and children all gather together to pray, sing, dance and give thanks to the Lord! Then, gifts are distributed to the children who open them amid laughter and joy. Seven-year-old Jancent was one of those children.

Born without a leg, Jancent’s young life has been filled with tribulation. His first operation could not be completed because he got sick, leaving him with an ill-fitting prosthetic. Jancent had every reason to feel hopeless, yet his face lit up when he was called forward to receive his Box of Joy. Displaying a wide smile, he hurried to the front of the room with hands outstretched and his spirits lifted high. Jancent is just one of 39,060 children in the Dominican Republic who received his Box of Joy thanks to generous U.S. Catholics.

Fast Facts

History

Since 2006, Cross Catholic Outreach has been partnering with FUNDASEP to provide holistic care for the poor throughout the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana, the poorest diocese in the Dominican Republic.

Housing

The homes that FUNDASEP builds are prefabricated for easy on-site assembly and made from concrete panels. Each home has a cement foundation and can withstand up to 90-mile-per-hour winds.

Vitafood

Last year, FUNDASEP distributed 458,964 Vitafood meals to the communities of El Lechal, El Palero and Los Auqueyes.

Other Outreaches

In addition to Box of Joy distributions, FUNDASEP provides water systems, preschools, bridges, microenterprise opportunities and agriculture training.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project 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.