Our Story


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.

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 2017, we served 10,162 unique children and teens who were victims of abuse, neglect and homelessness. 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 transitioning out of foster care, our programs aim to serve the same youth that inspired the first Christmas Box House.


2016 by the Numbers


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