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NEWS FROM THE CHRISTMAS BOX INTERNATIONAL Our mission is inspired by the spirit and message of The Christmas Box, a book by Richard Paul Evans that emphasizes the beauty and importance of love for children. 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 who have been abused or neglected.

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When Richard and Keri Evans had an idea to give back to their community by helping children who had suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment, they may not have envisioned what would result from their decision to start The Christmas Box International charitable organization. But here we are, 15 years later, with over 31,000 children served; three Christmas Box House resource centers and emergency children’s shelters; a Lifestart Initiative, which has helped 2,370 youth get a start in life as they age out of foster care; community Christmas Box Clubs, comprised of citizen child welfare advocates; and thousands of volunteers and donors who have helped make it all happen. We are celebrating our 15th anniversary year with birthday celebrations and invite you to help mark our history and accomplishments. During the month of September, each Christmas Box House will be hosting an open house birthday celebration. Please join us in celebrating 15 years of making a difference. With your continued support, the future will be just as promising.

OGDEN Christmas Box House Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 6:00-8:00 pm

The Christmas Box House: Salt Lake City, UT

Over 31,000 reasons to celebrate

upcoming events Great Urban Race Aug 13, Salt Lake City UT Families Foundation Golf Tournament Aug 14-16, Midway Embellish Salon Haircut-a-thon Sept 10, Riverdale

SALT LAKE Christmas Box House Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 6:00-8:00 pm

CBI Birthday Celebrations Sept 21, Ogden CBH Sept 22, Salt Lake CBH TBA, Moab CBH

MOAB Christmas Box House TBA

Kids Fest Guardian Angel 5K Run/Walk Sept 24, Sugarhouse Park, SLC

THE CHRISTMAS BOX INTERNATIONAL

Lisa McDonald, Executive Director lisam@thechristmasboxhouse.org

3660 South West Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 Phone 801-747-2201 Fax 801-747-2205 www.thechristmasboxhouse.org

Sherri Engar, Assistant Director sherri@thechristmasboxhouse.org

Every child deserves a childhood.

15 years

Douglas Smith, Financial Officer dsmith@thechristmasboxhouse.org Jed Platt, Community Outreach Ogden jed@thechristmasboxhouse.org

Halloween Carnival Oct 21, Ogden Northern Youth Mentor Summit Oct 26, Ogden Let’s Do Holiday Lunch Dec 2, Eccles Conf Center, Ogden Giving Tree Project December

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Thanks to the generosity of Cubes Self Storage of Salt Lake, we greatly appreciate the convenient, beautiful space to care for donations being stored for our upcoming projects.

Sky Candy Ninety years young, Colonel Gail Halvorsen is a retired career officer and command pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Known as the original Candy Bomber, or the "Rosinenbomber" in Germany, “Uncle Wiggly Wings” is remembered for piloting C-47s and C-54s during the Berlin airlift (also known as "Operation Vittles") during 1948-1949. No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams. ~Jesse Jackson

On June 15, Halverson made two guest appearances to children from both the Salt Lake and Ogden Christmas Box Houses. Sponsored by Ragpicker.org, the Berlin Candy Bomber, who years earlier dropped hope, candy and other necessities to children in war-torn Berlin, once again brought joy to children in need. Rising above Salt Lake City’s Harmony Park in a hot air balloon provided by the Bank of American Fork, Colonel Halvorsen dropped candy tied with make-shift handkerchief parachutes to eager children below.

Later in the day, children from the northern region were able to meet the Candy Bomber in person at the Ogden Amphitheater, where gatherers listened to his inpiring message, “Service Before Self.”

Candy Bomber Colonel Gail Halvorsen waves from the Bank of American Fork hot air balloon as he drops candy to Christmas Box children below

Many of the children left so inspired by this war hero’s service, they desired to learn more about the experiences and sacrifice of our servicemen and women because “if they are like the Candy Bomber, they are awesome.”

Inspiration...it’s in the bag The Wasatch Front Chapter of Childhelp, a national non-profit organization, was created to help stop child abuse and neglect. This group recently donated 40 “Art in a Bag” cinch sacks to The Christmas Box Houses, as well as provided an additional 180 for the State Youth Summit, whose theme was “Don’t Stop Believing,” which served teens who are preparing to age out of foster care. These knapsacks are filled with creative tools to promote healing through art. They include an assortment of therapeutic art supplies and a stress ball. These sacks will be given to the children when they leave The Christmas Box House.

Childhelp participants deliver Art in a Bag

Funds for these bags were raised by students in our community, including Lehi High School. 6th grade students from Renaissance Academy also contributed by donating their Halloween candy to a local dentist. He “bought” their candy from them for $300, which they used to purchase items for the bags. These were delivered to The Christmas Box House by talented student leaders from Lehi High, who also performed musical numbers for the children when they made their delivery.

ride on! Many generous motorcycle riders have come together to support The Christmas Box International through a myriad of fundraising rides. We would like to thank ABATE as well as their partnering motorcycle clubs who make donations for the children and youth…ride on!

With a blast of confetti and plenty of silly string, SL CBH staff member Amy Nate gets Jazzy with The Jazz Bear during his surprise visit to the SL CBH


SL CBH Staff is off to the races during the Olympic summer BBQ

Design of the Times Lisman Studio Interior Design team has generously adopted the Salt Lake Christmas Box House for their 2011 service project. Each month, we look forward to seeing what they will choose to do to make a difference for the children. They have made elaborate holiday crafts with the kids, beautifully decorated the lobby Christmas tree, taken the kids to a fancy restaurant for dinner and donated urgently needed clothing items. They are talented partners who truly make the children feel valued.

Moab and More The Grand County Family Support Center at the Moab Christmas Box House is a state licensed facility that assists families by offering a safe, homelike environment where parents can bring their children during times of high stress, emergency, or crisis. We feed the children while they are at our facility as well as children that are going hungry right here in Moab. Our mission is to protect children, strengthen families and create a caring community. During the 2010-2011 year, the Center had the opportunity to serve approximately 250 children and 178 families of our community. We currently are working on the outside of the building giving it a much needed face lift. And thanks to Zion’s Bank and Mountain American Credit Union, we have two beautiful flower beds which they sponsored and planted, as well as a newly painted fence around the building. Our staff continues to provide fun and exciting activities for the children that include field trips to the museum, fire station and national parks. Moab City Police Department brought the DARE truck over and spoke with the children, while the Grand County Sheriff ’s Office came with a presentation about internet safety. The local fire station also gave the children a ride on the fire truck.

The first Christmas Box House: Moab, UT

The Family Support Center is funded by the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) and community donations. Services are free for children and families. Even during times of economic uncertainty, the Center continues to provide the best care possible for families in our community. Now the Family Support Center has a challenge that will affect all of Grand County, because unfortunately our DHS funds have been cut by $37,000. In order to continue our high quality of care, we are currently seeking donations of food (both perishable and non-perishable items), toys (new or like new for ages 0 to 12 years of age), and clothing (also from 0 to 12). And as always any monetary donation is greatly appreciated.

sit back and chillax Goldman Sachs, a tremendous ongoing business donor, partnered with Motor Sportsland and acquired a new loveseat for the Salt Lake Christmas Box House teen girl’s therapy office. This was much needed and has long been wished for! When the girls visit the therapist, they feel relaxed in this comfortable and fun setting.

Ups and Downs, in a good way Thirty-three Christmas Box children and staff were able to enjoy all of the thrills and chills of Lagoon amusement park on a perfect summer day, thanks to the generosity of Elevation Church in Kaysville. From parking passes to picnic lunches, the congregation provided all the necessities for a memorable and exciting day at Lagoon. Thank you for making our ride of life so thrilling!

Popcorn Summer First Western Advisors sponsored a prescreening event of the much anticipated movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on Thursday, July 14th at Jordan Commons. This was part of an annual appreciation event they provide for their clients. This also included a fundraising opportunity for CBI as well as donated tickets so that children and staff could enjoy the show. The event included a short film presentation about Richard Paul Evans and an overview of CBI activities. It was a fun time for their clients and their families, many who came in costume. With a generous match by a partnering foundation the event brought in $6,075 for the children. Children at the Ogden shelter were also able to participate in a special 3-D sneak preview of this longawaited film at Walker Cinemas, courtesy of Mad Eye Moody aka Dr. Reinhart.


Super Scouts

Eagle Scout brothers, Matt and Jake McIntosh

Fourteen year-old twin brothers, Matt and Jake McIntosh recently completed their separate Eagle Projects at the SLC Christmas Box House. In March, Matt’s project included collecting all of our well-worn bicycles, then getting them repaired and tuned up in preparation for the heavy use they would receive over the summer months. In April, Jake and his troop spent an evening at the Christmas Box House cleaning up the grounds from a long wet winter. They were able to get things spruced up and ready for our summer planting. Along with their leaders and scout troop, they both accomplished a great deal. These brothers know how to work! We salute the diligent work of all of our scouting partners who make a significant difference in the lives of the youth we serve. Other recent Eagle Scout projects completed at the Ogden Christmas Box House include: Tanner Dobson, creating and installing a clothing resource room; Alexander Hansen, hosting a blood drive and collecting first-aid kits for Lifestart Boxes; Troy Taylor, building storage shelves and conducting a clothing drive. Numerous local Girl Scout troops appeared in uniform at The Christmas Box House with their arms loaded with Girl Scout Cookies to be donated --- Yum! Some girls even returned later that month with abundant donations of new clothing they had collected as birthday gifts for their Girl Scouts 99th Birthday Celebration. There are several more exciting projects currently in the works. We are honored to work alongside such dynamic young people. Truly they are the leaders of tomorrow.

Eagle Scout Alex Hansen collected first-aid kits to add to CBI Lifestart Boxes

christmas in july National Charity League (NCL), a group of mother and teen daughter volunteers, supports CBI on an ongoing basis in a big way! The Sustainers, some of the mother volunteers, bravely took on the daunting task of making thousands of cardstock ornaments that will be used for our upcoming holiday Giving Tree Project. Thanks to the efforts of NCL, CBI will be able to serve thousands of children in the upcoming year. This will include children at The Christmas Box Houses and Teen Group Homes, those receiving in-home services through the state of Utah, as well as those in orphanages in India, Haiti and Taiwan.

Building a better world The month of May brought skillful volunteers to the SLC Christmas Box House. JUB Engineers, a long-term CBI partner, surprised the kids with a delicious pizza and chicken lunch to share with them. Lunch conversation was lively and the children were curious to learn all about the exciting opportunities of engineers! Following lunch, the engineers went right to work and professionally assembled numerous scooter bikes for the children that were donated earlier for the SLC and Ogden Christmas Box Houses. Children and staff are thrilled to have this wonderful addition to use on their playgrounds. Cruisin’ on the scooter bikes is pretty cool on these hot summer days! Salt Lake Unified Police delivered toys and made a special visit to children at SL CBH

we’re floored National Wood Products, through the assistance and expertise of John Bernard, donated beautiful solid hardwood flooring for the new Royal Bank of Canada Atrium Activity Center which will soon be completed at the Salt Lake Christmas Box House. This flooring will be able to endure years of fun activities for the children. Thank you John, and Home Depot for your many efforts with this part of the project.


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Angels Among Us

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.

A Christmas tree wouldn’t be complete without an angel gracing its tallest bough. Likewise, The Christmas Box International is also watched over by amazing angel volunteers. Led by three incredible presidents, Joell Brown, Tami Baugh and Betty Quinn, our Christmas Box Clubs are truly an army of angels.

~Luciano de Crescenzo

The Salt Lake Christmas Box Club president is Joell Brown. She has held this position for 9 years! Her favorite opportunity as president is being able to bring along a volunteer to help with the monthly parties they provide at the SL Christmas Box House. She loves to watch volunteers find joy as they interact with the children there. Joell also generates tremendous support to CBI through her partnerships in the business community. Tami Baugh has been the president of the Ogden Christmas Box Club for over two years. Tami loves to interact with the children at the Ogden Christmas Box House and help others get involved in that effort as well. She especially loves to go out to local schools and share the message with the students of how they can make a difference with fundraising, donation drives and service projects. Tami is a vital member of the northern region’s Quality Improvement Committee and embraces every task with a full purpose of heart.

Christmas Box Club Presidents L to R: Joell Brown, Tami Baugh, Betty Quinn

For two and a half years, Betty Quinn has been serving as president of the Utah Valley Christmas Box Club, our newest club. Betty enjoys meeting with the donors and listening to how their families have been strengthened and become more united through their service. She loves serving with the other club members and seeing the light return to the eyes of the children through the club’s efforts. These amazing women contribute countless hours to improving the lives of at-risk children in our communities, regionally and internationally. They are ALWAYS ready and willing to help with whatever is needed! Their passion, generosity and genuine concern for the children and youth we serve is contagious and their club members follow their tireless lead. Thank you Christmas Box Club angels! For more information about joining a Christmas Box Club, please contact one of our presidents.

CHRISTMAS BOX CLUBS Salt Lake County President, Joell Brown joellbrown@hotmail.com 801-554-8020 Weber/Davis County President, Tami Baugh christmasboxclub@yahoo.com 801-698-3113 Utah County President, Betty Quinn bettyquinn15@yahoo.com 801-836-9083

A Garden of Gratitude Heritage Gardens, the site of many a joyful fete, graciously partnered with The Christmas Box International to help make CBI’s Garden Party Celebration, honoring area Christmas Box Club volunteers, a night of fun and special appreciation. The gardens and cuisine at Heritage Gardens couched the evening’s events in beauty, good taste and professionalism. CBI founders Rick and Keri Evans joined the bash to enjoy the sumptuous dinner, along with live entertainment of sixties folk music, provided by the Smith Brothers Trio. Special recognition and presentations were made to our wonderful volunteers by CBI Executive and Assistant Directors, Lisa McDonald and Sherri Engar. Club presidents, Tami Baugh (Ogden), Joell Brown (Salt Lake) and Betty Quinn (Utah Valley), each had the opportunity to address the gathering and share recent accomplishments. At night’s end, feelings of joy and satisfaction--and a pair of colorful gardening gloves--went with us.

Now Serving: Volunteer Cheer In the past year, 1987 volunteers have helped us through our Christmas Box Clubs, serving at The Christmas Box Houses or assisting with special projects and events. We invite you to join us in our important mission of serving children at risk. To learn how you can make a difference, contact: Salt Lake CBH Sherri 801-747-2201 sherri@thechristmasboxhouse.org Ogden CBH Jed 801-866-0350 jed@thechristmasboxhouse.org

Rick and Keri Evans with Christmas Box Club Volunteers


WISH LIST all items must be new

local Back-to-school clothing shorts, jeans, t-shirts (size 3T – adult XL) Summer clothing shorts, t-shirts, pjs (size infant – adult XL) Underwear (size 3T – adult LG) older boys like boxer briefs Backpacks, Messenger bags Sensitive skin body wash Hair clips, Headbands Hair brushes, Long tooth combs Spiral bound art sketch pads Crayola Twistable colored pencils Gift Cards Walmart, Target McDonalds, Burger King Vacuum

Area Schools: reading, writing..and giving Sure, they text during class, download iTunes, and search new phone apps--but Utah area students are also compassionate and concerned about the plight of their peers and other young people who suffer from abuse and neglect. The Christmas Box International has benefited not only from many volunteer hours, but, this year alone, Utah students have contributed hard cash in excess of $13,600 to support efforts to clothe, shelter and make healthy these children in despair. Cash contributions from area high schools have been received from: Ben Lomond , Bingham, Box Elder, Highland, Layton, Spanish Fork and Weber High Schools. In addition, generous donations have also been gathered and donated by Bates Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, West Point Elementary and Sunset Junior High School. These contributions not only help sustain programs needed to provide peace and well being to abused youngsters, but they also represent the goodness and maturity of youth.

Shocking News On August 10, 2011 CBI founder and author Richard Paul Evans will release an exciting new novel, MICHAEL VEY: Prisoner of Cell 25. This is his first young adult novel and it has been met with great enthusiasm by everyone who has read it. Richard says, “It’s interesting that this book came to me at this time, when the Young Adult genre is being flooded with the very opposite kind of book– Christmas Box International stories with dark and dystopian themes. Michael Vey is an adventure story CELEBRATING 15 YEARS about hope, loyalty, courage and love. Yes, it’s also scary at times, but that of serving CHILDREN at risk just makes it fun!” MICHAEL VEY: The Prisoner of Cell 25 is the first in a www.thechristmasboxhouse.org series of seven books. For more information, visit www.michaelvey.com.

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CBI Newsleter SUMMER 2011