While U.S. children make wish lists of new toys for Christmas day, their counterparts in developing countries are never so bold. Impoverished parents struggle to feed and clothe their children. They have little left for luxuries like toys. Even orphanages typically go without at Christmas. Most strive to make efficient use of charity funding in order to meet children’s daily needs, so they go years without purchasing a toy.
Poor children commonly make toys out of scraps — empty beverage bottles, discarded metal, a cardboard box. These children wish for just one gift — what you send will be treasured!
Gift giving is a meaningful part of Christmas, but sadly, severe poverty deprives many children of this simple joy. By sending a Box of Joy™ — filled with toys, clothing, school supplies, a rosary and the Story of Jesus — you can demonstrate Christ’s compassion to an impoverished child who may never before have received a Christmas gift.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and it is an especially popular pastime for children in developing countries. Visit a Catholic mission serving children and you will often find the kids playing soccer in a nearby field or gravel lot. Sadly, the balls used by impoverished kids must often be crafted from old shopping bags, bits of twine and torn-up strips of old clothing. They simply can’t afford “the real thing.” Now you have the opportunity to send a gift that will be cherished.
“They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor…” Galatians 2:10
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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.