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 (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