Disaster Relief Impact

Your Gifts Delivered Relief to Communities in Crisis

Whenever disaster strikes, we are called to stretch out our hands to address the urgent needs of the poor and vulnerable. Your support empowered Cross Catholic Outreach to mobilize its network of partners on the ground — providing for both immediate needs and long-term recovery efforts.

In 2020, the world was gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic — triggering a global hunger crisis that pushed millions of impoverished families into food insecurity. You responded quickly and mercifully, helping Cross Catholic Outreach provide personal protective equipment to health care workers as well as food, medical equipment and supplies in places like Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Cross Catholic Outreach also responded to a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, with 30 named storms unleashing a $47 billion trail of destruction. When Hurricanes Laura and Sally slammed the U.S. Gulf Coast, you helped us support affected families with more than $1 million in material aid, including hygiene and personal care items, cleaning supplies, and more. And in Central America, we responded swiftly to direct food and supplies in response to major Hurricanes Eta and Iota, which made landfall just two weeks apart.

GRANTS & AID PROVIDED TO 14 PARTNERS IN 8 COUNTRIES

14/8

VALUE OF SHIPPED GIFTS

$17.5

million

COVID-19 RELIEF PROVIDED TO 20 PROJECTS IN 6 COUNTRIES

20/6

PEOPLE FED VIA RELIEF EFFORTS

38,918

HIGHLIGHTED DISASTER RELIEF PROJECT

HURRICANES ETA and IOTA

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the busiest on record, with 30 named storms resulting in nearly $47 billion in damage. In November 2020, vulnerable families in Central America endured devastating back-to-back major hurricanes Eta and Iota. But thanks to your generosity, Cross Catholic Outreach made a difference in their most desperate hour.

With your support, Cross Catholic Outreach quickly deployed disaster relief supplies including food, medical aid and hygiene kits to our partners, including Amigos for Christ in Nicaragua, Friends for Health and Life in Guatemala, and Fundacion Una Mano Amiga in El Salvador. We are committed to working with these partners for the long haul to help families recover, rebuild and prepare for the next storm.

FAST FACTS

$15.3 Million

The value of disaster aid provided to Central America after the storms.

356,400

Meals provided to displaced and adversely impacted children and families.

249,025

Bottles of medicine distributed to protect the health and dignity of storm survivors.

$24,000

Food and medical relief grants to meet immediate needs in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

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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.