How We Serve
The Christ Child Society of Summit provides layettes to newborns at local hospitals. Children are referred to our organization through area social service agencies. Clinics are assured that every baby in need will receive a layette. In addition, through the efforts of the “Knitting Angels,” a hand-knit or sewn item completes each package.
Blankets for Babies
We have committed to including one adorable, handmade fleece blanket in each layette we donate. Since 2013, we have held three major “Blankets for Babies” days where our members and friends come together on one day to cut, pin, sew, iron, and tie fringe on hundreds of adorable fleece blankets. A grant from the Summit Elks Lodge #1246 enables us to purchase enough fleece to make 250 blankets each year.
Knitting Angels/Tiny Toppers
A group of talented members who we call the “Knitting Angels” coordinate and facilitate the knitting and collection of baby blankets, hats and other handmade items. These unique pieces are received through the generosity and efforts of local schools, senior centers, scout troops, businesses, and individuals. Made with care, they are included as a heartfelt and personal touch in each layette package. Our popular Tiny Toppers events take place at Wool and Grace knitting supply store on Summit Avenue in Summit, NJ. An intimate group of knitters gathers to make baby hats for our layettes. Beginners and advanced knitters alike enjoy these gatherings.
Annual Baby Shower
Each spring, the Summit Chapter sponsors an inspiring mass and baby shower luncheon. This event serves as the major giving source for our layette program. This annual event is widely attended and is fast becoming a highly anticipated tradition.
School Supplies Drive
In 2008, members initiated our first school supply collection after the rising number of local children in need was identified. The drive provides essential supplies for elementary, middle and high school children. For the past seven years we have partnered with a local non-profit, Bridges Outreach, and other community partners. In 2015, we provided supplies and backpacks to 353 children in Summit.
Central High School Learning Center
In 2010, the Christ Child Society of Summit began a relationship with The Infant & Toddler Early Learning Center at Central High School in Newark, New Jersey, a new facility that provides free quality day care to children of high school students, with the goal of supporting students’ school life and success. The center is now known as Brighter Tomorrows Children’s Academy at Central High School.
Members have been supporting the Center by donating items such as infant items, books, clothing, and party supplies for holiday celebrations. Beginning in 2011, we have held a job workshop for the teen parents in the spring, and have expanded our parenting programming in 2015. This project is part of the National Christ Child Society’s program initiative: “Challenging Poverty, One Child at a Time.”
Christ Child Society of Summit Scholarship
Starting in 2013, the Christ Child Society of Summit has awarded a scholarship to a Summit high school senior that has worked or volunteered with children, has financial need, and is continuing their education post graduation.
Our Lady Help of Christians Tutoring
Starting in 2016, volunteers from the Christ Child Society of Summit have been visiting Our Lady Help of Christians School in East Orange, NJ each week to help the children in grades K through 7 with reading or math skills using materials provided by their teachers.
In addition to its ongoing signature projects, each year the Summit Chapter organizes other fundraising events such as a rummage sale, as well as volunteer opportunities with the Advent Giving Tree and Food Pantry at St Teresa’s Parish in Summit. Layette cards in honor of, or in memory of a loved one are available for sale, with proceeds supporting our layette program.