Our Story

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

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 2020, we served 8,990 at-risk children. Our programs help at-risk youth by providing emergency shelter care, give a happy holiday season to children and youth, and serve teens transitioning out of foster care. We are constantly striving to help more kids and look to the community, businesses, and foundations for their ongoing support.


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

Patrice Couch

St George Resource Coordinator (volunteer)

Board of Directors

Richard Paul Evans

Co-founder, Chairman, & President
New York Times Best-selling Author

Keri Evans

Co-founder & Small Business Owner

Douglas R. Short

Secretary, Executive Vice President, Vice-Chair of Executive Committee, & Chair of Program Planning Committee

Lynn Taylor

Chair of Finance & Audit Committee & Member of Executive Committee

Diane Glad

Chair of Public Relations Committee & Member of Executive Committee

Alan Smith

Chair of Fundraising Committee & Real Estate Agent, Holmes Homes

Kearston Cutrubus

Director, Cutrubus Motors, Inc. & Business Owner

Rich Post

Entrepreneur & Owner, Post Insurance Group