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26
February

Girls Night Out Rocks the Elks Club!

 
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Pictured are FOUR generations of a proud “Elks” Family working on our Blankets for Babies on Girls Night Out at the Elks club, held on February 26, 2015.  These and other Elks and Christ Child members and friends came together to work on finishing over 70 more blankets. It was great fun to gather in such a social atmosphere with music, food, sangria, and lots of colorful blankets!  We are so grateful to the Summit Elks Lodge #1246 for their generous grant which helps us buy the fleece for our blankets, and for hosting such a fun night out!

 

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Category: Events
4
February

B4B Day Brings Us All Together!

 
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What a fabulous day of making blankets, having fun, seeing fellow members, and making new friends!  Despite the ice outside, our 3rd annual Blankets for Babies Day saw 100 volunteers of all ages coming together for a common cause.   There was a woman who came despite falling on the ice and chipping her tooth. It didn’t stop her from smiling as she ironed!   There was a woman who came because she saw the notice in the bulletin and realized we needed volunteers.  How nice of her to help!  There were the two young girls who showed up with their sewing machines, got right down to work and sewed away!   They were adorable, and proof positive that you are never too young to help others and do work that matters.  We love this day....


12
February

Our Lady of Lourdes

 

Msgr. Guenther celebrated mass at the home of member Margery Conniff on February 11th, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  We were so inspired by his story of visiting the shrine in the 60’s and being chosen to be the main celebrant among 40 other priests at a mass attended by hundreds of pilgrims at 4:00 am!  He recounted how affected and awed he was upon visiting the shrine, and saying mass on the spot that was once visited by Mary.  He reminded us that God touches us all in different ways, and we do not need a medical miracle to be changed forever by his grace.  Thank you to Father for celebrating this special day with us, and to Margie for opening her lovely home for our mass.

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Category: Events
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22
December

Christmas Wishes

 
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Thank you to all of our members who so generously gave of their time, treasure, and talents this December in helping with the Advent Giving Tree at St. Teresa’s and the Christmas party and gifts for the teens and babies at Central High School in Newark. As you may know, the Advent Giving Tree provides the babies at Central with gifts for Christmas. The director of the Center at Central High School wrote:

“I would like to thank the members of Christ Child Society of Summit for the generous donation of Gifts, Goodies and the luncheon you all provided for the Teen parents, the children and the staff at Central High.  Without the support of CCSS I cannot provide these social events to the families we serve.
Please pass on this message to all and Merry Christmas to you all.
On behalf of the Teen parents and Staff at The Infant and Toddler Early Learning Center at Central High School, Thank you very much for all your support throughout the year.”

May God bless you and keep you safe during your travels this Christmas and give you peace in the new year.

With warm regards,

Margaret and Theresa (Advent Giving Tree), and   
Kathryn, Lori, Maura, Christina, Terry, and Lambi 
20
October

treasures and treats!

 
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Our 2013 Rummage Sale was held on Saturday, October 19th in Memorial Hall from 8 am to 2 pm.  Thank you to the scores of people who donated their treasures, to those who gave these treasures a new life by purchasing them, and to the many volunteers who made it all run smoothly.  “Customers” were lined up outside our doors for our 8 am opening, and the crowds kept coming until we closed the doors at 2:00 pm!  Read more...


28
August

2013 School Supplies Drive Wraps Up

 
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Just in time for school, 323 children eligible for free and reduced lunches received new backpacks and school supplies.  For the fifth year, the Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach collaborated to collect hundreds of binders, spiral and composition notebooks, pens, pencils and much more.  In addition, $2,500 worth of additional supplies were purchased from funds raised by both groups.  It is estimated that each child received supplies valuing $65.  Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other necessities.Read more...


15
June

First Ever Christ Child Scholarship Awarded

 
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The Christ Child Society of Summit awarded its first annual scholarship on June 12, 2013, to Jackie Balandiuk, a Summit High School senior who will attend Boston University this fall to study psychology. The Scholarship is awarded to a High School senior who lives or attends school in Summit, is in good standing academically, who has volunteered or worked with children, and is continuing their education after high school. Read more...


Category: News

20
October

treasures and treats!

 
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Our 2013 Rummage Sale was held on Saturday, October 19th in Memorial Hall from 8 am to 2 pm.  Thank you to the scores of people who donated their treasures, to those who gave these treasures a new life by purchasing them, and to the many volunteers who made it all run smoothly.  “Customers” were lined up outside our doors for our 8 am opening, and the crowds kept coming until we closed the doors at 2:00 pm!  Read more...


28
August

2013 School Supplies Drive Wraps Up

 
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Just in time for school, 323 children eligible for free and reduced lunches received new backpacks and school supplies.  For the fifth year, the Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach collaborated to collect hundreds of binders, spiral and composition notebooks, pens, pencils and much more.  In addition, $2,500 worth of additional supplies were purchased from funds raised by both groups.  It is estimated that each child received supplies valuing $65.  Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other necessities.Read more...


28
August

2013 School Supplies Drive Wraps Up


Category: News
15
June

First Ever Christ Child Scholarship Awarded

 
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The Christ Child Society of Summit awarded its first annual scholarship on June 12, 2013, to Jackie Balandiuk, a Summit High School senior who will attend Boston University this fall to study psychology. The Scholarship is awarded to a High School senior who lives or attends school in Summit, is in good standing academically, who has volunteered or worked with children, and is continuing their education after high school. Read more...


Category: News
30
May

Thank You to the Summit Elks Lodge!

 
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Another BIG Thank You!!

Thank you again to our members and friends who came out to support our second Blankets for Babies Day, sponsored by the Summit Elks, on May 16thNearly 30 people, young and old, came by the Elks Lodge on Thursday,  May 16th to help cut, pin, sew, fringe and tie blankets for our layettes. The Elks very generously provided a grant for the fleece, as well as volunteers, their lodge, and refreshments.  It was a very special day filled with community, camaraderie, good cheer, and good works - all on behalf of needy children.  We were able to finish 27 blankets, and ended the day with 134 more in various stages of completion. Thank you to all who helped make the day a success. Many babies will enjoy a warm, adorable blanket because of you.  Kudos to Lambi Newsham for initiating contact with the Elks and securing our very first grant!


14
February

The Gift of.....Bibs!

 
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The day before Valentine’s Day, an “angel” called me out of the blue and said “Someone gave me 5 large boxes of bibs...does Christ Child know anyone who can use them?”  Did we ever!!  Since the start of the school year, the staff at the Infant and Toddler Early Learning Center at Central High School in Newark has been asking if we could get them bibs, LOTS of them, since the babies go through them so quickly, and they tend to get pretty yucky, pretty fast.  Here was a gift of bibs, LOTS of them, from out of nowhere.  Well, not exactly nowhere. The “angel” saw our name in the bulletin and knew of our organization because her mother was a member of the original Summit chapter of the Christ Child Society.  Her mother joined Christ Child when she moved to Summit from Brooklyn when she was in her EIGHTIES.  She lived to be 103 years old.  It just goes to show, it’s never too late to make a difference!


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