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.”



Make a Difference Day

Twenty-nine volunteers gathered on Oct. 22nd, our nation’s largest day of service, to make a difference in our community!

We prepared baby clothes for packing in our layettes, worked on fleece baby blankets, and knitted tiny toppers (baby hats) as part of Layettes of Love, a day of service in honor of our founder’s 150th birthday this fall. Mary Virginia Merrick, whose cause for canonization as a Catholic saint is open, gave us a legacy of care for children in need that continues to inspire us all. We are so proud to have shared this day of service with many other Christ Child Society chapters around the country!

Rummage Sale Chairs Leslie Drummond, Sue Hubbard, and Marianne DeSantis

8th Annual Rummage Sale is a Big Success!

Thank you to everyone who donated items to our sale, volunteered their time to sort, stage and sell, or purchased “treasures” on Saturday.  You have all helped us raise funds for our programs for children!


Once again, customers were lined up before 8 am and we had a steady flow of shoppers all day. Treasures were found by many, from the desk that a young family purchased for their child, to that perfect sumo wrestler halloween costume, to the tiny china tea set that made a young girl exclaim: “I am so happy right now, I just want to make this moment last!” The Christ Child Society of Summit is happy to give local families a chance to recycle their gently used things, as well as the chance to purchase lovely items at an affordable price.


We thank St. Teresa’s Parish for their support!  See you next year!



2016 Annual School Supplies Drive


The Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach partnered for the eighth consecutive year to collect and distribute school supplies to 382 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.

“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.

To make a monetary donation towards the purchase of next year’s school supplies, click here.



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

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

11/18 Layette Assembly 8:30 am to 10:30 am Lower Memorial Hall


12/1 Home Mass 8:30 am, location TBD
12/12 Advent Giving Tree Volunteer Day 9:00 am to 11:00 am

12/13 Board Meeting



1/10 Board Meeting 1:00 pm

1/19 General Meeting - Bring a Friend 7:00 pm location TBD

1/24 Board Planning Meeting



2/1 Blankets for Babies

2/7 Home Mass 8:30 am location TBD

2/14 Board Meeting



3/7 Board Meeting

3/9 Elks Girls Night Out - Blankets for Babies

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



4/4 Board Meeting

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



5/4 Home Mass 8:30 am location TBD

5/7 Layette Card Sales on the Plaza

5/11 End of year Cocktails/New member welcome

5/23 Board Meeting



6/8 Board Dinner



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Coming up...

Knitting Angels Gathering

Date: Friday, Oct 28, 2016

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: 18 Highland Drive, Summit (C. Tarantino’s)

Beginners and experts welcome!  Supplies will be provided. Refreshments served. JOIN US as we knit simple Tiny Toppers for the babies who receive our layettes. Sign up here.


Morning Reflection

Join us for a morning of fellowship and reflection with speaker Dennis Corcoran at St. Joseph’s Shrine, Gillette, NJ on Tuesday, October 25th. To help us with planning, please sign up.


We’re excited about our new outreach at Our Lady Help of Christians School in East Orange, NJ!  Come with us to tutor students from K through 7th grade for one hour per week.  Click here to sign up.


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Click here  to become a member of the Christ Child Society of Summit and join a group of women dedicated to having a positive and immediate impact on the lives of local children in need.  Your dues directly support our programs for children.

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