Our Mission

The Christmas Box International partners with local, national and international communities and groups to prevent child abuse and to improve the quality of life for children, teens and young adults who have been abused, neglected or are facing homelessness.

Our motto is simple: every child deserves a childhood.


Our Story

In 1996, founder and New York Times best-selling author Richard Paul Evans created a safe place for Utah's children, a Christmas Box House, naming the charity after his first novel, The Christmas Box.

In 2016, we served 8,400 children and teens who were victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Annually more than 6,000 children are served locally, nationally, and internationally through our programs.

Since completing construction of our emergency children's shelters, we continue to grow our programs. From providing a Christmas morning to pairing mentors with teens aging out of foster care, our programs aim to serve the same youth that inspired the first Christmas Box House. Learn more about Our Story here.


Get Involved

Become a volunteer, a mentor, an advocate! Make a difference in the lives of children, teens and young adults who suffer abuse, neglect and homelessness. Choose a location below to learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area.



Our Programs

The Christmas Box Houses, also known as "emergency children's shelters," were built to serve children and teens who are victims of abuse and neglect. The Christmas Box Houses are located in Ogden, Salt Lake and Moab and offer shelter, food, on-site therapy, medical and dental evaluation, and recreational activities.

Christmas Box Resource Rooms are stocked with new supplies including clothing, bedding, baby items, school and hygiene kits, books, household items and toys to serve youth staying at The Christmas Box Houses, as well as our partnering nonprofits and state agencies.

The JourneyUP Mentor Program assists young adults who aged out of foster care or who have experienced homelessness to develop better life skills through a mentor volunteer and to provide access to basic services such as housing, employment, educational opportunities, medical and dental, and mental health services.

The Christmas Box International provides resources to children in countries such as Haiti, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, India, Mexico and Kenya. In 2016, we served 1191 children in these countries, distributing in-kind donations such as socks, underwear, books, hygiene items, clothing and school supplies to volunteer organizations working in the region.

Project Elf provides a Christmas morning to more than 3,000 abused and neglected children, teens and young adults. Groups and individuals fulfill Christmas wish lists to serve the children at The Christmas Box Houses, and partnering agencies such as in-home service cases with the Division of Child and Family Services.

View our 2016 Programs by the Numbers below...