Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:07 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Christmas Box House
Richard Paul Evans talks about the Christmas Box House and how running the charity has changed him.
SHAUNA LAKE: Christmas Box House, born from the Christmas Box – the best-selling novel. Tell me a little about how that’s changed you? Running this charity and some of the stories that you’ve learned about since.
RICHARD PAUL EVANS: Christmas Box House was something that was very important to do from the beginning. Because I think in a way what it did is, first of all I think it paid of my muses. I think the universe gives to those who give. I think it established this synergistic relationship, whether it’s just psychological or not. Second, I think it put our family on the right course. My father was a social worker. My grandmother was a social worker. My daughter was just accepted to get her MSW. So it’s kind of a family business. Taking care of people. When we started the Christmas Box House it was all misery the first five years, all misery. I regretted it every single day.
RICHARD: It about bankrupted me. It just about bankrupted me and trying to make it work. It was one of those things where no one appreciates what you’re doing. No one did, and no one helped. We’d get donations of you know 25 dollars, and we’re building a two million dollar building. So I’m funding everything, and it’s more expensive than I could afford. So I wanted out every day, but I didn’t feel like I could leave. I’m grateful I didn’t. That we weathered the storm because it survived. It prospered, and we’ve helped more than 50,000 children. That’s a lot of children. You sit there and you think about the LDS Conference Center. Or you sit there and the football stadium. You look around and I think the University of Utah holds about 50,000, right? You’re sitting there and we’ve filled up this stadium with kids we’ve fed and clothed and comforted and protected.
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