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PR - 10.07.15

Contact: Tom Panas
(646) 707-3829

Calling All Catholics:
Who Wants to Have Fun and Help Poor Children at Christmas?
“Box of Joy” Program Still has Room for your Parish, School or Group
Signup Deadline Extended

Boca Raton, Florida (Wednesday, October 07, 2015) —We are confident your readers will love learning about the Box of Joy program ( sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach ( Box of Joy is a win-win for those who have and those who need. It will bring the joy of Christmas to children in Haiti and Guatemala whose families are too poor to give them a gift and at the same time give Catholic families in the U.S. an upbeat, fun – and very hands - on experience providing Christmas joy to those children. Parishioners and students from Catholic churches and schools across the country will work closely together to pack small Christmas gift boxes for impoverished children in Haiti and Guatemala.

Jump for Joy With Box of Joy
Preparing Boxes of Joy together is fun! Laughing, sharing, doing – and most of all, helping – brings students and parishioners together to share the spirit of Christmas and help the poor. Support from Cross Catholic will be available throughout the process.

Part of the fun is that participants go shopping and personally select the gifts to fill their Box of Joy, and they choose either a boy or a girl and the age group. Gifts could include school supplies, small toys, flip flops, hygiene items and T-shirts (see more gifts ideas at List of Gift Items).

Participation Not Donation
Box of Joy is a call for personal involvement, not a fund raising effort. Parishes and schools that help their parishioners and students roll up their sleeves and get involved hands-on with ministry find that they are more engaged in the overall mission of the Church.

Participating parishes, schools and groups are encouraged to select a Project Leader and order materials by the end of October. The national Box of Joy Week (collections) is November 7th to 15th.

For more information about how to help your parishioners or students experience the joy of giving through Box of Joy, visit; call 800-914-2420, ext. 142; or email


Cross Catholic Outreach

2700 N. Military Trail, Suite 240

PO Box 273908

Boca Raton, Florida 33427-3908


Cross Catholic Outreach is a 501c3

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