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.”




Show how much you care with a layette card this Christmas.

Your gift to the Christ Child Society of Summit Layette Program

Helps give a loving start to New Jersey babies in need.



The holidays are a time for gratitude, sharing and remembering loved ones.  In the spirit of giving, send a Christ Child Christmas Layette Card to honor a special person while also helping give a baby in need a loving start in life. It’s the perfect holiday gift for friends, teachers, grandparents, and those people who ”have everything!”


Click here for information on how to order these adorable and thoughtful cards. We are not able to sell cards in person this year, so please order early on-line and help support our layette program.  Thank you!




Festival of Trees

On December 13, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit will be holding their first annual Festival of Trees, A Multicultural Celebration of the Holidays. There will be arts and crafts that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the Solstice; musical entertainment; food trucks; and, holiday vendors. The highlight of the festival, however, will be over 20 festive trees placed around the grounds, decorated by local organizations, businesses, and families!  Come see the Christ Child Society of Summit Knitting Angels Tree decorated with tiny toppers made by our very own Knitting Angels.

Visit reeves-reedarboretum.org for more information and to sign up for timed entry to the event.


In Memoriam..


Margaret L. Clarke ( nee Lydon ), 94, passed peacefully on Friday, October 2, 2020. Margaret was the loving mother of Maura Clarke Perier, a founding board member of the Christ Child Society of Summit




2020 School Supplies Distribution Gets an”A +”


For the twelfth year, the Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach provided over 360 elementary, middle and high school children in Summit, eligible for free or reduced lunch, with new backpacks prefilled with 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.  


“For many families in Summit,  especially during this global pandemic, it is difficult to afford the high cost of the many school supplies needed each year. Distributing these supplies is an easy and thoughtful way for our community to help these families, and to give these children a fresh start to the new school year,” commented Lois Melka, CCS Chair.


The volunteers and participants were asked to appropriately social distance and wear masks to insure the health and safety for all.


The Christ Child Society and Bridges appreciate the donations and grants from their partners: the Summit Luminary Fund, the Junior League of Summit, St. Teresa’s Church and private donations.


L-r: Alison Lees, Jackie Browne, Daniella Ospina, Bev Luehs, Daniel Kohaut, Maura Perier, Leslie Drummond, Jane Murphy

2020 Christ Child Society Scholarships Awarded


Two graduating seniors of Summit High School, Daniel Kohaut and Daniella Ospina, have been awarded the 2020 Christ Child Society of Summit Scholarship of $2,500 each.  The Scholarship is awarded to students who have displayed academic achievement, and who have worked or volunteered with children.


Daniel and Daniella were chosen from among 16 applicants because of their dedication to succeed in school, their contribution to their communities and families and their independent spirit.  Daniel Kohaut will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology and Daniella Ospina will be attending Rutgers Newark.  


The Christ Child Scholarship Committee members are:  Jackie McCarthy-Browne, Leslie Drummond, Donna Groskoph,  Allison Lees, Bev Luehs and Maura Perier.  


Jane Murphy, Shelly Scott, Laura Sullivan, Cheryl Mullery, and Theresa Sweeney

Packing Layettes of Love


Our fearless Layette committee has ensured that the families and babies in need at Overlook and Morristown hospitals are getting layette essentials, even during the pandemic.  Thanks to your membership dollars and other donations, we were able to purchase items for, pack up, and deliver 50 layettes to the HealthStart clinics in early July. Thank you to this dedicated group of women for providing these items to  families who need our help now, more than ever.  To help us provide additional layettes this fall, you can make a donation here.



Our Heartfelt Thanks

and a Tribute to a Special Benefactor


Walt Bischoff

1938 - 2020


Walter Bischoff, a dear friend of Summit Christ Child passed away in April.  Read more about this special man and all he did for the Christ Child Society.



 Junior CCS Debut


Did you know we now have a Junior Christ Child Society?  Children in grades 8 through 12 can join this great group of students who have come together to support the activities and mission of the Christ Child Society of Summit, which is to serve children in need in our community. Some of their inaugural activities included selling roses outside the childrens’ masses at St. Teresa of Avila church on Mother’s Day to raise money for CCS, organizing a children’s book drive, collecting for Loaves and Fishes, and detagging layette clothing. For more information on becoming a Junior Christ Child Society member, contact us at ccssummit@gmail.com.



Christ Child Society of Summit

Calendar of Events 2020-2021




8/24 - School Supplies Backpack Packing 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00-3:00pm at Bridges

8/26 School Supplies Distribution 9am - 12pm

8/27 School Supplies Distribution 4pm - 6:30pm



9/23 Layette de-tagging 9:30am

9/24 Layette assembly and packing 9:15am - 10:30am at Memorial Hall, lower level 



10/1 Board Meeting on Google meet 10:00am

10/6 CCS Yoga in the Park 10:45am on the Summit Village Green 

10/8 General Membership Meeting on Google Meet at 9:00am

10/22 Make a Difference Day Knitting Angels 10:30am to 12:00pm at 2 Colt Road Sign up REQUIRED

10/24 Make a Difference Day JUNIOR CCS members 3:30 to 5:00pm at 16 Club Drive Sign up REQUIRED

10/29  Make a Difference Day Finishing Fleece Blankets 9:00 to 11:00 am at 23 High Street Sign up REQUIRED 



11/12 Layette assembly and packing 9:00 -10:30am at Memorial Hall, lower level Sign up REQUIRED





Next Meeting...

Our first virtual meeting was held on October 8th. Stay tuned for news of our next meeting. In the meantime, we will stay in touch with members via email, facebook, and this website.  You may contact us with any questions at ccssummit@gmail.com.

Stay home and stay safe!


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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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