Our Story

The Christmas Box International partners with communities worldwide to prevent child abuse and improve the quality of life for at-risk children. These children are victims of abuse, neglect, trafficking, homelessness, or other risks no child should face.

Our mission is simple: every child deserves a childhood.

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 2018, we served 10,474 at-risk children. We have completed building our emergency children’s shelters, and we continue to grow our programs. Our programs aim to help at-risk youth by providing a Merry Christmas morning to serving teens transitioning out of foster care. We are always striving to do more, and we need your help.

Board of Directors

Richard Paul Evans

Author & Founder – Chairman of the Board of Directors,
President and CEO of The Christmas Box International

Judy Bangerter

Community Advocate
Nominating Committee Co-Chair

Joell Brown

Community Advocate
Public Relations and Fundraising Committee Chair,
Member Executive Committee

Kearston Cutrubus

Customer and Community Relations Director
Cutrubus Automotive Team

Celeste Edmunds

Executive Director of
The Christmas Box International
Former Youth in Care

Keri Evans

Community Advocate and Business Woman
Founder of The Christmas Box International

Douglas R. Short

Attorney
Program Planning Committee Chair,
Vice Chair Executive Committee,
Executive Vice President of
The Christmas Box International

Lynn Taylor

Businessman
Finance and Audit Committee Chair,
Member Executive Committee

Shelly Tripp

Coldwell Banker Realtor
Former Youth in Care

Karen Williams

Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation

Staff

Richard Paul Evans

President and CEO

Douglas R. Short

Executive Vice President
doug@thechristmasbox.org

Celeste Edmunds

Executive Director
celeste@thechristmasbox.org

Rurik Bjornsson

Internal Operations
rurik@thechristmasbox.org
801-747-2201 ext. 106

Kristin Jensen

Programs Resource Coordinator
kristin@thechristmasbox.org
801-747-2201 ext. 107

Christmas Box House Locations

Salt Lake Christmas Box House

3660 So. West Temple
SLC, UT 84115

Ogden Christmas Box House

950 12th Street
Ogden, UT 84404

Moab Christmas Box House

180 So. 300 E., Ste 1
Moab, UT 84532

Christmas Box Resource Room Locations

American Fork Christmas Box Room

Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS) Office
861 E. 900 No. St
American Fork, UT 84003

Provo Christmas Box Room

Provo Government Center
150 E. Center Street
Provo, UT 84606

Sandy Christmas Box Room

Division of Child & Family Services (DCFS) Office
10008 Creek Run Way
Sandy, UT 84070