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About Hopebox

Delivering what we all need most... hope! We carefully select each month’s assortment of 10+ renewing, uplifting goodies handmade by creative artisans who have their own inspiring stories of hope and healing. And every box includes a heartfelt, comforting, and encouraging message. Want to write a personal note? We can help! Hope is on the way.

10+ encouraging gifts handmade by creative artisans

Each box designed with the next stage of healing in mind

Comforting, encouraging, and personalized message

If you're like us and most other people, it's hard to know what to do for ourselves or others when hard times come. After that initial week or two of intensive concern and support, people generally go back to their lives. We know the hurting is still there, but what more can we do?

Over one, six, twelve, or more months, Hopebox provides a way to show loved ones you're there and you're not going anywhere. The beautiful handmade gifts inside are made personal by a heartfelt note of caring and concern personalized to the receiver's unique situation. Flowers wither, meals spoil, but the memory of receiving a Hopebox lasts a lifetime.

When you don't know what to send... Send Hope.

Who We Are



After graduating from West Point just months after the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, Derik grew acquainted with the power of hope at a young age. He deployed as a military intelligence officer in 2003-04 and again in 2005-06, where he saw the impact hope can have on soldiers who miss home, family members who long for their safe return, and Iraqi citizens who want to raise their children in a more peaceful country than they had known all their lives.

After his time of military service, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company serving numerous Fortune 500 clients over 6 years. Seeking to extend his impact far beyond mere business performance improvement, Derik led a firm-wide People Strategy, a multi-year transformation of McKinsey’s people model, gaining first-hand knowledge of the centrality of hope to building successful, high-performing teams. After McKinsey, Derik's entreprenurial work has blessed him with the opportunity to pursue his other passions of theology and philosophy. His studies for a Masters of Divinity (Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015) and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, forthcoming) have given him a greater appreciation of hope's role in God's perfect plan.

Hopebox is the culmination of Derik's lifelong commitment to advance the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by sharing with others the greatest hope of all: God's free gift of life to those who trust in Him.



Over the same years that Derik had been making his way in the military and in management consulting, his brother Matt had been learning about the power of hope as an entrepreneur in the insurance industry. In less than five years from launch as a startup, his company grew to become one of the Top 3 senior market insurance wholesaling companies in the country with a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agents across all fifty states. Matt continues to be considered one of the nation’s foremost thought leaders in insurance distribution and marketing.

After years of learning about the significance of hope in the crucible of real world experience—and seeing the widespread need for hope by people from every walk of life, from seniors to the insurance agents who serve them—Derik and Matt launched Hopebox. Their idea was simple: if the creativity of entreprenurial artisans could somehow be combined with God's truth about hope and healing, perhaps Hopebox could provide a fresh, new way for people offer hope and encouragement to loved ones.



Of course, none of these bright ideas about hope and healing would have a prayer of succeeding without a woman's touch! Kristin, Matt's beloved wife, is the heart of Hopebox. Her graphic design training, advanced art degree from NC State, and deep Christian faith is what allows Hopebox to offer a glimmer of God's beauty in the midst of life's toughest situations.

In addition to being a wife, mom of two, and co-founder of Hopebox, Kristin also heads Bonita Piña, a company specializing in finding and distributing handmade jewelry and accessories by talented women artisans from the remotest corners of the globe. Learn more about what Bonita Piña is doing to spread hope and lift women out of poverty at BonitaPina.com.