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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Dec. 7, 2016 – A record-setting number of Boxes of Joy this year will spread Christmas smiles to more than 35,000 of the most impoverished kids in our hemisphere. 
Last year's Box of Joy campaign—an outreach of Cross Catholic Outreach—sent gift-filled treasures to 11,500 children in the Caribbean and Central America. The 2016 goal of 20,000 kids pales next to this year's figures actually tripling last year.

“For too many children, Christmas is just another day of want—no gifts,” Cross Catholic Outreach President Jim Cavnar said. “But from generous people across the country, 35,000 children will know that someone cares.”

Nationwide, Box of Joy is the love in action of parishes, churches, schools, and groups. Participants pack a shoebox with gifts such as small toys, bar soap, pencils, a toothbrush, toothpaste, hard candy, crayons, coloring books or T-shirts--and a $9 check to cover shipment and support local charities. In November, all boxes go to drop-off centers across the country. Folks who miss Box of Joy Week have mail-in and online options at      
In 2014, Cross Catholic Outreach piloted the Box of Joy program in just two dioceses. In 2015, that number jumped to 12--including 156 parishes, Catholic schools and other groups. This year, 314 schools, churches and groups participated--sending tangible love to children in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.

“It's humbling and encouraging to see so many people give time and resources to send Christmas to a child with nothing,” Steve Bostian, Box of Joy director, said. “Is there a better way to celebrate Jesus' birth than by giving to people in great need?”

The Box of Joy campaign kicked off in October. Groups delivered gifts to drop-off centers during Box of Joy Week, Nov. 5-13. This year, Dec. 15 is the last day gifts can arrive at the National Screening Center in Miami--though people may ship small relief supplies (no perishables, liquids or medicines) for the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti to:

MIQ -- Box of Joy Screening Center
11210 NW 91st St., Suite 1Miami FL 33178