Box of Joy - November 4 to November 12


Parish Office for box drop off. Nov 8 drop off at school cafeteria.

Start date
Nov 04, 2017 12:00pm

About Box of Joy:

November 4 at 12pm - November 12 at 4pm.

The Box of Joy program 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 program 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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Here are the simple steps to participate with our religious education students who are organizing this project. 

1. Find a shoe box about 9" x 5" or buy a plastic container similar size or pick up one from the church entrance.

2. Put a few items in the box. Find out what to choose and what not to include on the Cross Catholic website. How to pack a box is also available at the church or office. Place a rubber band around the box, no tape please. Remember to include information on age of the child and gender in the box that the gift is intended for.

3. Please include a $9.00 donation to help ship the box, checks to Cross Catholic Outreach please. No cash please.

4. Bring your box of joy to the parish office. Find out times using the map on the Cross Catholic website. Click on the yellow candle on the map of Iowa.

Contact Kathy Steffen, DRE at 515-432-1971, email for more information. Thank you for helping to bring JOY to those in need this Christmas.