The Christ Child Society of Summit provides layettes to newborns at local hospitals and other local social services organizations. 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.
Every Christ Child Society chapter in our country provides layettes to needy newborns in their area. The layettes are the signature and founding project of the National Christ Child Society. Layettes are one of the common threads that weave us together with all of the other CCS chapters. All chapter layettes are different, but all include the necessary items to get a newborn started in life.
Our layettes include 5 onesies, 2 pajamas, 1 outfit, 1 hat, 2 receiving blankets, 1 miscellaneous item, one handmade fleece blanket and a knitted sweater and/or hat. In the winter months, we also provide a warm snowsuit to babies who need them.
Since our first baby shower in 2007, we have touched well over 1,400 babies in our community by providing them with essential clothing. In 2017, we provided 350 babies with layettes.
During the cold winter months, we are committed to providing a warm snowsuit to children who need them while visiting the clinics at Overlook and Morristown hospitals. Many snowsuits are donated by the parishioners of St. Teresa of Avila as a part of their Advent Giving Tree program. In 2014, some were donated by Junior League members who “sponsored” the snowsuits at their Christmas and January meetings. We thank the JLS and St. Teresas for their generosity.