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There is still time to send a Box of Joy with hope and love to a needy child this Christmas season
November 14, 2018
WHAT– Box of Joy, a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach, helps tens of thousands of Americans to create a moment of joy over the holiday season in the lives of more than 70,000 children living in extreme poverty in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Families are encouraged to fill shoeboxes with small gifts like toys, and school supplies, and adding essentials like bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, as well as a few treats like hard candy and coloring books for children in these nations.
There is still time for families to participate in Box of Joy, as well as volunteer opportunities in South Florida to prepare Boxes of Joy at the National Screening Center.
WHEN and WHERE– Volunteers in South Florida will be at the Screening Center at 10239 NW 62nd Street, Doral, FL 33178. Box of Joy is accepting volunteers for Saturday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 16 at these times (sign up at this link or send a text to “teamjoy” to 51555):
- Saturdays 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Sundays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Families can also pack their Box of Joy and ship it before Christmas to the National Screening Center. Or they can Create-A-Box Online at the Box of Joy website, where they just pay the cost of the items for a Box of Joy, which is packed and sent on their behalf.
Anyone can learn more at CrossCatholic.org/BoxOfJoy or sign up to share the cause by texting “spreadjoy” to 71777.
WHY– Box of Joy is a wonderful way to bless a child who may otherwise receive nothing for Christmas.
“While gift-giving is not the meaning of Christmas, it does help us remember the reason for Christmas — the birth of Jesus — and how our Lord received gifts from strangers,” said Jim Cavnar, president of Cross Catholic Outreach. “Serving Jesus through helping these children experience the joy of opening up presents is a beautiful way to show the love of Christ, and to see that love reflected in their happy faces.”
To learn more, visit BoxofJoy.org.
For interviews, contact Michael Conrad at Michael@Lovell-Fairchild.com or 214-616-0320.
Visit Lovell-Fairchild.com for
- Box of Joy Media Tip Sheet
- Cross Catholic Outreach Fact Sheet
- Q&A with Cross Catholic Outreach President Jim Cavnar
About Cross Catholic Outreach CrossCatholic.org
Based in Florida, Cross Catholic Outreach is an official Catholic nonprofit 501(c)(3) relief and development organization that, since its founding in 2001, has given more than $1 billion in aid to help “the poorest of the poor” in more than three dozen developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. For more information about Cross Catholic, visitCrossCatholic.org or call 800-914-2420.