Your Catholic Faith In Action

Serve the poor with Cross Catholic Outreach

We are a Vatican-endorsed ministry mobilizing Catholics to transform the lives of the world's poor.

Discover how you and other National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) participants can join us in fun faith-in-action events to bless children in developing countries with thousands of Christmas gifts and desperately-needed meals.

Bless Children With Box of Joy

Cross Catholic Outreach’s annual Christmas gift ministry is  organized by local Catholic schools, parishes and groups across the United States.

By packing Boxes of Joy with toys and other gifts, participants bless children suffering from extreme poverty by sharing the joy of Christmas and planting seeds of hope. Learn more.

Don’t come to NCYC empty handed!

Bring any of the below items to NCYC as a donation and we will pack them into Boxes of Joy for boys and girls ages 10-14! While simple by U.S. standards, the below items may be difficult for poor families in developing countries to obtain.

  • Brainteaser Toys
  • Dolls
  • Puzzles
  • Jump Ropes
  • School Supplies (Pencils, crayons, notebooks, scissors, coloring books)
  • T-Shirts (for either girl or boy)
  • Socks
  • Flip flops
  • Solid Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Bar soap wrapped in wash cloths
  • Sunglasses
  • Hair accessories
  • Drawstring Bags
  • Sewing Kits
  • Hard candy and gum (place in a reusable plastic bottle that can be used for water afterwards – no chocolates!)

Want to do more to bless poor children through Box of Joy?


Bring Box of Joy to your parish, family and friends


Help send the Boxes of Joy packed at NCYC by donating for shipping



Bless more children by donating to send pre-filled Boxes online


Help Stop Hunger by Packing Food!

Nearly one billion people go to bed hungry each night. In the poorest countries, families sometimes go days without food. You can make a difference by supporting Cross Catholic Outreach’s ministry that organizes food packing events and ships millions of Vitafood meals to hungry children and families around the world.

The Interactive Village at NCYC Indy 2021 will offer the opportunity for conference attendees to participate in a Food Packing Event. Help support the youth by donating to ship the packed Vitafood meals to hungry children and families in developing countries.


Interested in hosting a Food Packing Event?

Learn More

Before you come to NCYC, watch this video so when you arrive you can start packing at the beginning of your packing session

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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.