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, a hand-knit item and a handmade warm fleece blanket complete 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 six 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. Additional blankets are often made and generously donated by supporters and childrens groups.
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 from as far away as Germany! Made with care, they are included as a heartfelt and personal touch in each layette package. Our popular Tiny Toppers events take place at members homes and at Wool and Grace knitting supply store on Summit Avenue in Summit, NJ, where 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 a 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 eight years we have partnered with a local non-profit, Bridges Outreach, and other community partners. In 2018, we provided supplies and backpacks to 312 children in Summit.
Christ Child Society of Summit Scholarship
Starting in 2013, the Christ Child Society of Summit has awarded a scholarship to one or more Summit high school seniors that have worked or volunteered with children, has financial need, and is continuing their education post graduation.
Starting in 2016, volunteers from the Christ Child Society of Summit visited 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 2018, working with school administration, we began providing a uniform fund to students who would otherwise not be able to afford the required items to complete a school uniform. Unfortunately, the school closed in the spring of 2020, and as such, we are in the process of finding a new school to partner with.
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.