Almost half of the global population lives in poverty on less than $2.50 per day, and over 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty on less than $1.25 per day. Poverty affects every aspect of a person’s life, from food to drinking water, sanitation, utilities, disease, and employment.
When you donate to Farming & Loans in the Christmas Catalog, you are doing the work of Jesus Christ to empower and increase the self-sufficiency of the poor. Please browse our current projects and donate to the poor for the benefit of all God’s people.
In developing countries, it is common for poor farmers to cultivate small gardens and use the yield to feed their children. A properly planned harvest not only puts food on the table, but often can be sold at the local market. Unfortunately, a lack of sophisticated irrigation systems and alternating seasons of drought and flooding rains have made family farming impossible. In recent years, with more and more single women heading families, women in countries like Haiti have lacked both funds to buy what they need and the training required to sustain a farm through winter.
“They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor…” Galatians 2:10
Give monthly to support microenterprise projects and increase the self-sufficiency of the poor around the world.
The Cross Catholic Outreach Christmas Catalog makes it fun and easy to extend the joy of Christmas to the poor. Instead of being filled with retail items, the catalog contains meaningful gifts for some the world’s most impoverished families. Some are lifesaving items such as Basic Medicines or Hygiene Products, while others are large-scale projects such as Safe Homes or Clean Water. All gifts are sent on your behalf to grateful families in developing countries.
It’s easy to shop through the Cross Catholic Outreach Christmas Catalog. Simply browse through the categories and choose an item within your budget and close to your heart, such as Emergency Aid Blankets or Powdered Milk for Babies. Select and sponsor one or more of these gifts, and you’ll be making a meaningful impact on the life of a needy child or family overseas. It’s that simple!
Blessing the poor happens year-round. Some gifts in our Christmas Catalog are sourced locally, so there is no need to worry about international shipping. For items that require shipping, Cross Catholic Outreach works with partners in every country we serve to ensure Christmas Catalog gifts are delivered in a timely fashion.
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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.
If you identify an aid project, 100% of the donation will be restricted to be used for that specific project. However, if more is raised for the project than needed, funds will be redirected to other urgent needs in the ministry.