By Cheryl

Making a Difference...One Child at a Time

Layettes being assembled

I have a wonderful story that will warm your hearts on this cold, snowy morning.


If you ever wondered if our work makes a difference, Rikki and I can share with you what we witnessed yesterday. After our assembly, we brought 54 layettes (30 more than we usually bring them) and 2 bags of snowsuits from the Advent Giving Tree to Morristown Pediatric Health Center. When we arrived the waiting room was empty as it was not a clinic day but the staff greeted us with smiles, excitement, pure joy and appreciation for all the layettes. They couldn’t believe how many we were delivering. As we were lugging them in, a young mother and her baby came out from their appointment. It immediately became apparent the baby was only wearing a onesie with a light blanket over the baby carrier. We all know how cold it was yesterday, we were all talking about it as we came in yesterday morning. We were all fully clothed coming from our warm cars! Not the same for this mom and her baby who were going back out in the cold and probably taking public transportation. The staff looked at the bags of snowsuits with delight and promptly found the proper size for this beautiful baby girl. We then got a layette and gave it to her and the nurse translated who we were and what was in the layette. This mom seemed genuinely surprised but oh so grateful. Rikki and I could barely see through our misty eyes! I still have chills recounting this story for you.


We then met with Joanna, the social worker who runs this program. She didn’t have enough words to thank us for all we do for this center. She said that having Christ Child bring these layettes makes her job so special and being able to give these layettes to her clients makes a huge difference. She had tears in her eyes as she spoke to us—again Rikki and I were misty! It was a magical delivery and I hope you realize what a big part of this you are! Our whole organization does make a difference, one child at a time—and we witnessed it yesterday!


A big shout out to Jean who did all the shopping for this assembly—thank you—your selections are always adorable and picked with such love!!


To all that helped yesterday, old and new members—you did a great job and I so appreciate of all of you!



Category: Outreach
Tags: layettes
By Angeli

Fleece Adventure!


Led by our fearless Blankets for Babies chairperson, Theresa Sweeney, Cheryl Mullery, layette chair, and Angeli Breen, publicity chair, took Joanne’s Fabric by storm this week for a “Fleece Run” in preparation for the 4th Annual Christ Child Society of Summit Blankets for Babies Day on February 3rd.  Theresa and her Texas drawl kept everyone on task and in good spirits, despite the 5:30 am wake up call and the lack of coffee for one particular shopper!  She even used her southern charm to get an additional discount allowing the group to purchase MORE FLEECE!


The amazing staff at Joanne’s Fabric in Succasunna helped the shopping trio select, measure and cut yards and yards of adorable fleece. The goal was to buy enough fleece to make 250 blankets in a single day to include in the layettes that the Christ Child Society of Summit provides to babies in need at Overlook and Morristown hospitals.  Layettes are bundles filled with newborn essentials that help babies and their families get off to a happy and healthy start.  Blankets are made by volunteers of all ages and abilities, including middle and high school students.  Sewing and craft enthusiasts are encouraged to attend, but non sewers are welcome!  If you can cut, pin, iron, or tie a knot, you can help make blankets and join in the fun!


The 4th Annual Blankets for Babies Day will be held on February 3rd from 10 am to 8 pm in Memorial Hall at St. Teresa’s (across the street from St. Teresa of Avila Church, 306 Morris Ave., Summit, NJ).


To participate in this year’s event, or for more information, visit our home page or contact us at ccssummit@gmail.com.


The purchase of fleece for Blankets for Babies is funded by a generous Beacon Grant from the Summit Elks Lodge #1246.


First Volunteer Visit to CHS


Our first official volunteer visit to the Infant and Toddler Learning Center at Central High School in Newark went off without a hitch!  Jill Stanley, Michelle Lozina-Cohen and myself spent the morning primarily helping with the infants, playing with them and holding the younger ones.  Some of the older children in the infant room are walking and they played in the common area outside of the infant room on a small jungle gym, all to the rollicking tunes of Old MacDonald and the Itsy Bitsy Spider.  Good times!  Since the weather was so beautiful, the toddlers went outside to play in the outdoor playground.  Lots of sliding and climbing - mostly over each other! 


Upcoming visits are scheduled for Halloween (to bring party supplies) and on November 17th.  We also plan to drop off some coats for the teen parents before the cold weather sets in.  Please contact me at kathryncolao@gmail.com to volunteer.

Category: Outreach

A Quick Visit to Central High School


On September 23rd, I made a quick trip to the Infant and Toddler Learning Center at Central High School in Newark to deliver some supplies that the Center had requested.  We (CCS) provided school supplies for the students such as binders, folders, notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. to fill 20 backpacks previously received from Bridges.  We also delivered some diapers, wipes and diaper cream for the babies, which the center keeps on hand as extras.


The center currently has 23 adorable babies, and expects to grow to near capacity (32 babies) in the next few months.  Every new baby who joins the center means  that another teen parent has a better chance at success - namely, to finish high school, increase their odds of going on to college, getting a job, and providing stability for their young family.  Our goal is to help them achieve this measure of success as best as we can.

Category: Outreach
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