Box of Joy

About Box of Joy:
The Box of Joy ministry is an annual Christmas gift ministry organized by local Catholic schools, parishes and groups across the United States and facilitated by Cross Catholic Outreach. Box of Joy provides teachers, parish leaders and other Catholic groups a unique opportunity for students, parishioners and group members to participate in a simple and tangible service experience that has both a material and spiritual impact on the poorest of the poor in developing countries. Together, Catholics in the U.S. are able to join Our Lord Jesus Christ in acts of mercy. The outreach also provides a unique opportunity for Catholics to engage in service with others in their local communities who share the same desire to spread Christmas joy and the story of Christmas — the Good News of God’s love — with children worldwide.
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Suggested items to include How to pack your box


Ideas to engage your group

Activity Page
to be completed by your child and included in Box of Joy


Box of Joy Week
Deliver boxes to St. Joseph's Center
Nov. 7 - 15th

Sunday, November 15th is the final day
of the National Collection



Your Box of Joy can be picked up at St. Josephs' Center
beginning October 15,
and must be returned by November 15th, 2020.

You can choose to do one as a family, or one per child. 
Great for any Catholic group.

1.  Use the provided gift box or any gift box or any shoebox (approx. 12" x 5")

2.  Please fill the box to the top (with gifts from the Gift Ideas list) so each child can receive a box FULL of JOY!

3. Include a $9 check (no cash please) in provided envelope.  Place on TOP of gifts.

4.  Secure the lid with a rubber band (no tape please).

We encourage you to write a personal note or handmade Christmas card and share a photo of yourself of family.

*Food/beverage  *Medicine/Vitamins  *Liquids (shampoo, nail polish, etc.)  *Gels (antibacterial, etc.)  *Chocolate  *Military/Police Toys  *Toy Weapons  *Glass/Breakables  *Knives/Tools