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.


Celeste Edmunds

Executive Director

Heather McVey

Finance and Development Manager
801-747-2201 ext. 106

Kristin Jensen

Programs Resource Specialist
801-747-2201 ext. 107

Barry Evans

Facilities Manager (part-time)

Julia Jensen

Office Assistant (part-time)

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