In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the wake of news that Archbishop Gregory Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans contracted COVID-19, Cross Catholic Outreach extended a helping hand to the Archdiocese, providing 17 pallets of hygiene packs to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Through these efforts, we have worked to assist the poor in staying safe during the pandemic. We also partnered with the Knights of Columbus Louisiana State Council, which financed the shipment of 151,152 baby meals to support families in the New Orleans area.
Cross Catholic Outreach teamed up with Catholic Charities of Miami and the Archdiocese of Nassau to provide much-needed food and medical supplies to help the many affected families and children. This approach to addressing needs through partnerships is a respected characteristic of Cross Catholic Outreach activities. Our ministry prides itself on empowering rather than replacing existing Catholic programs, and this gives the in-country Catholic leaders much more control and flexibility in responding to the challenges their parishes and people face.
Cross Catholic Outreach and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami worked closely together during the COVID-19 pandemic. We made our warehouse available to Catholic Charities for the storage of nearly $2 million in food from the statewide emergency operations center.
Our close collaboration with Catholic Charities in Miami began in 2019, when we assisted with the distribution of hurricane-relief supplies for the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
Our donations of baby food and baby items to Catholic Charities have also been distributed throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, and we continue to serve the community through our friends at Catholic Charities.