Welcome to the Christ Child Society of Summit


The life of a child is a promise for the future, but for many children their future is at risk. Christ Child Society volunteers reach out to teach, motivate, clothe and care for children in their communities through the initiative of Challenging Poverty: One Child at a Time.


We invite you to view our site and find out more about the society founded by Mary Virginia Merrick and her vision that “the personal element brings true charity to life.”



Annual School Supplies Drive


The Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach are partering for the ninth consecutive year to collect and distribute school supplies for the approximately 600 Summit Public School children in need. In August of 2016, the CCS and Bridges provided 382 elementary, middle, and high school children in Summit, eligible for free or reduced lunch, with new backpacks and school supplies.  Parents were able to take the financial resources that would have been used for school supplies to pay for food, rent, and other necessities.

This spring, the Christ Child Society held a collection drive in Summit schools and St. Teresa’s Church. In addition, a portion of the school supplies have been purchased through the generosity of grants from the Summit Area Public Foundation and the Summit Luminary Fund.  Bridges is currently collecting supplies until August 29th.


The following NEW items are still needed:

  •  1”, 2” or 3” binders
  • subject dividers (set of 8)
  • 2 pocket folders, marble composition books
  • loose leaf paper (wide and college ruled)
  • 8 pack colored pencils
  • 8 pack thin markers
  • 3 x 5 lined note cards
  • #2 pencils and erasers
  • blue, black and red pens
  • highlighters
  • glue sticks
Donations can be dropped off from August 1 - 29 at Bridges Outreach, Oakes Center, 120 Morris Avenue (entrance on Russell Place), Summit, 07901, on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30  p.m. Alternatively, you can purchase items online and have them shipped directly to Bridges.


Supplies will be distributed on 8/30 (9am-12pm) and 8/31 (4pm-6pm). Set up will be on 8/29 from 9am-11am.  For more information, contact us at ccssummit@gmail.com. 
“It is difficult for many families in Summit to afford the high cost of their children’s school supplies. It is wonderful how the community pulls together to help give these children what they need for a fresh start to the new school year,” said Sally Golding and Jane Murphy, CCS Co-Chairs.



To make a monetary donation towards the purchase of school supplies, click here.


Click here for a printable list of supplies.


Christ Child Society Scholarships Awarded to

Two Summit High School Seniors

Pictured above (L to R): CCS President Margaret Strong, committee member Bev Luehs, CCS Scholarship recipients Jonathan Banks and Danielle Medina, and committee members Leslie Drummond, Maura Perier, and Jackie Browne.


The Christ Child Society of Summit awarded  scholarships to two Summit residents attending Summit High School—Jonathan Banks and Danielle Medina—who each displayed academic achievement and worked or volunteered with  children throughout their high school years.
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Christ Child Society of Summit

Calendar of Events 2017-2018




8/29 School Supplies Set up 9-11 am at Bridges

8/30 School Supplies Distribution 9am - 12pm

8/30 School Supplies Distribution 4pm - 6pm



9/7  Summit Schools Start

9/14 Board Meeting 8 am

9/28  General Membership Meeting 9:00 am Memorial Hall

9/29-30 National Christ Child Society Conference in Bethesda, MD



5 Reflection/Mass

10/12 Board Meeting

10/21 Rummage Sale

10/28 National Day of Service - Make a Difference Day at Memorial Hall lower level 8:30 am -10:30 am



11/15 Board Meeting

11/16 General Membership Meeting



4 Advent Giving Tree CCS Volunteer Day

12/7 Home Mass

12/14 Board Meeting



11 Board Meeting and Planning

1/25 General Membership Meeting/New Member Welcome/Bring a Friend 7 pm



1 Home Mass

2/7 Blankets for Babies

2/15 Board Meeting



3/8 Elks Blankets for Babies Night

3/8 Board Meeting



4/19 Baby Shower and Mass, Memorial Hall 11:15 am

4/5 Board Meeting

4/26  General Membership Meeting



3 Home Mass 8:30 am

5/6 Layette Card Sales on the Plaza

5/10 End of Year Cocktail Party

5/17 Board Meeting



7 Board Dinner




We’re excited about starting our second year tutoring at Our Lady Help of Christians School in East Orange, NJ!  Come with us to tutor students from K through 7th grade for one hour per week.  Click here to sign up.


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