Welcome to the Christ Child Society of Summit


The life of a child is a promise for the future, but for many children their future is at risk. Christ Child Society volunteers reach out to teach, motivate, clothe and care for children in their communities through the initiative of Challenging Poverty: One Child at a Time.


We invite you to view our site and find out more about the society founded by Mary Virginia Merrick and her vision that “the personal element brings true charity to life.”



Christ Child Society Scholarships Awarded to

Two Summit High School Seniors

Pictured above (L to R): CCS President Margaret Strong, committee member Bev Luehs, CCS Scholarship recipients Jonathan Banks and Danielle Medina, and committee members Leslie Drummond, Maura Perier, and Jackie Browne.


The Christ Child Society of Summit awarded  scholarships to two Summit residents attending Summit High School—Jonathan Banks and Danielle Medina—who each displayed academic achievement and worked or volunteered with  children throughout their high school years.
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Annual School Supplies Drive


The Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach are partering for the ninth consecutive year to collect and distribute school supplies for the approximately 500 Summit Public School children in need. 

From June 5th through June 9th, collection bins were located in Summit Elementary Schools, at the entrances to St. Teresa’s Church and Memorial Hall, and at 36 Woodland Avenue in Summit to collect the following supplies:
- Binders (1”, 2”, and 3”)
- Three-hole Pencil Cases
- Subject Dividers
- Two-Pocket Folders
- Marble Composition Books 
- Loose Leaf Paper (wide and college ruled)
- Spiral Notebooks (wide and college ruled)
- Eight-Pack Colored Pencils or Thin Markers
- 3x5 Lined Notecards
- #2 Pencils and Erasers,
- Pens (Blue, Black & Red)
- Highlighters 
- Glue Sticks
“It is difficult for many families in Summit to afford the high cost of their children’s school supplies. It is wonderful how the community pulls together to help give these children what they need for a fresh start to the new school year,” said Sally Golding and Jane Murphy, CCS Co-Chairs.

In August of 2016, the CCS and Bridges provided 381 elementary, middle, and high school children in Summit, eligible for free or reduced lunch, with new backpacks and school supplies.  Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other necessities.
Bridges will also be collecting supplies during the summer. Supplies will be distributed on 8/30 (9am-12pm) and 8/31 (4pm-6pm). Set up will be on 8/29 from 9am-11am.  For more information, contact us at ccssummit@gmail.com.

To make a monetary donation towards the purchase of school supplies, click here.


Click here for a printable flyer.


Thank you to the Union Columbiettes

The women’s auxiliary of the Union Knights of Columbus #4504 generously sponsored a “Baby Shower” to benefit our Layette Program on April 18th, at their monthly meeting.  The Columbiettes, an organization of Catholic women dedicated to our Patronesses, Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Theresa the Little Flower and St. Joan of Arc, are comprised of affiliated Auxiliaries of the Knights of Columbus Councils. We are very grateful to our friends, the Union Columbiettes, who have donated adorable baby clothing for our layette program for the second consecutive year.  

Summit Mayor Nora Radest, Christ Child Society President Margaret Strong, and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz at Blankets for Babies Day

We Sewed a Mile!

The 5th Annual Blankets for Babies Day was a great day of fellowship and fun.  The day was made even more special with this year’s outstanding crew of 63 student and 88 adult helpers! 
Thanks to all the hard work of the fringers, cutters, sewers, inventory control and knot tiers, we were able to complete
205 Blankets and have 93 Blankets in-progress, plus 77 ready to fringe and tie which we hope to complete at our Blankets for Babies Night at the Elks on March 9th at 7 pm.
This year’s goal is to provide 350 layettes to the free pediatric clinics at area hospitals, with a blanket in each.  We are well on our way to our goal and keeping lots of babies warm!
Thanks again to all who came to help, and for making this day a great success!

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Christ Child Society of Summit

Calendar of Events 2016-2017




8/29 School Supplies Set-up 1:00-3:00 pm

8/31 School Supplies Distribution 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


9/1 School Supplies Distribution 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
9/8 Layette item de-tagging 9:30-11:30 am at 5 Windsor Road, Summit

9/13 Board Meeting
9/16 Layette Assembly 8:00 am - 10:30 am Lower Memorial Hall

9/22-25 National Christ Child Society Convention, Atlanta, GA

9/27 General Membership Meeting 9:00 am Upper Memorial Hall (Coffee at 8:45 am)


10/9 Ministry Fair (including a CCS table) at St. Teresa’s after morning masses

10/11 Board Meeting

10/13 Rummage Sale donations accepted at Memorial Hall 12:00 - 7:30 pm

10/14 Rummage Sale donations accepted at Memorial Hall 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

10/15 Rummage Sale in Memorial Hall 8am - 2pm

10/22 Christ Child Make a Difference Day - National Day of Service 8:30 - 10:30 am Lower Memorial Hall

10/25 Morning Reflection with Dennis Corcoran at St Joseph’s Shrine, Gillette 9 am coffee; 9:30 start

10/28 Knitting Angels Gathering at 18 Highland Drive, Summit 12:30 pm


11/2 Mary Virginia Merrick’s Birthday

11/4 Layette Assembly 8:30 am to 10:30 am Lower Memorial Hall

11/8 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am

11/15 Board Meeting
11/17 General Meeting 9 am in Memorial Hall, lower level

11/29 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am



12/1 Home Mass 8:30 am, location TBD

11/6 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am
12/12 Advent Giving Tree Volunteer Day 9:00 am to 11:00 am

11/13 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am

12/13 Board Meeting



1/10 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am

1/10 Board Meeting 1:00 pm

1/19 General Meeting - Bring a Friend 7:00 pm at 117 Hillcrest Ave., Summit (Sheila Herr’s)

1/20 Layette Item de-tagging at 5 Windsor Rd., Summit 10:00 am - 11:30 am

1/23 Layette Assembly Memorial Hall Lower Level 8:00 am - 10:30

1/24 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am

1/24 Board Planning Meeting 11:00 am

1/27 Knitting Angels/Tiny Toppers Gathering 10 am to 12 pm at 108 Portland Rd., Summit

1/31 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am



2/1 Blankets for Babies

2/7 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am

2/7 Home Mass 8:30 am at Claire Toth’s 11 Sunset Drive, Summit

2/14 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am

2/16 Board Meeting

2/21 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am



3/3 Layette Item de-tagging at 5 Windsor Rd., Summit 9:30 am to 11:00 am - Rescheduled to 3/16

3/6 Layette Assembly Memorial Hall Lower Level 8:30 am to 10:30 am - Rescheduled to 3/20

3/9 Board Meeting 8:15 am

3/9 Blankets for Babies Night at the Elks 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Summit Lodge #1246 at 40 Maple St.

3/16 Layette Item de-tagging at 5 Windsor Rd., Summit 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (Rescheduled from 3/3)

3/20 Layette Assembly Memorial Hall Lower Level 8:30 am to 10:30 am  (Rescheduled from 3/6)

3/30 Baby Shower Memorial Hall 11:30 mass; 12:15 Luncheon



4/6 Board Meeting 8:15 am

4/7 Knitting Angels Gathering 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 34 DeBary Pl (Maribeth Donohue)

4/27 General Meeting 9:00 am Memorial Hall (coffee at 8:45)



5/4 Home Mass 8:30 am 135 Bellevue Ave., Summit

5/7 Layette Card Sales on the Plaza

5/11 End of year Cocktails/New member welcome 7 pm at 232 Oak Ridge Avenue, Summit

5/22 Layette Assembly Memorial Hall Lower Level 8:15 am to 10:15 am

5/25 Board Meeting



6/5-6/9 School Supplies Drive in Summit Elementary Schools and St. Teresa’s Church

6/8 Board Dinner



8/29 School Supplies Set up 9-11 am at Bridges

8/30 School Supplies Distribution 9am - 12pm

8/30 School Supplies Distribution 4pm - 6pm





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