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.
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.
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 Supply 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. This year we partnered with a local non-profit, Bridges Outreach, and other community partners, to provide supplies to 356 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.
Members have been supporting the Learning Center by donating items such as infant layettes, infant car 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, a coat drive in the fall and have been providing volunteer staff for the Center each month. This project is part of the National Christ Child Society’s program initiative: “Challenging Poverty, One Child at a Time.”
In addition to its ongoing signature projects, each year the Summit Chapter organizes a number of other fundraising events such as a rummage sale, and a shopping night, 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.