U.N. surveys have revealed that an estimated 100 million people are homeless around the world and at least 1.6 billion lack adequate housing. Housing for the poor is often difficult to access and afford, leaving families to fend for themselves in dirty slums and makeshift shanties or on unsafe streets.
Building homes for the poor is one of our primary missions at Cross Catholic Outreach, which is why our Christmas Catalog provides these options for poor communities. With your help, we can build sturdy and sustainable homes in impoverished communities, while supporting spiritual development and offering the love of Jesus Christ.
This project provides kitchens for poor families who prepare meals on unsanitary surfaces and cook on rudimentary stoves that fill their homes with toxic smoke. Your gift will help families receive a clean-air kitchen, which includes a clean-air stove that reduces wood use by 75%, a hygienic cooking surface and a ventilation system that will eradicate chronic respiratory illness caused by long-term smoke inhalation.
“They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor…” Galatians 2:10
Give monthly to provide safe, dignified living in impoverished communities across 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.