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 seventh consecutive year to collect next year’s school supplies for the approximately 500 Summit Public School children in need.
During the week of June 1-5, collection bins were located throughout Summit to collect the following supplies:
- Binders (1”, 2”, and 3”)
- Three-hole Pencil Cases
- Subject Dividers
- Two-Pocket Folders
- Marble Composition Books
- Loose Leaf Paper (wide and college ruled)
- Spiral Notebooks (wide and college ruled)
- Eight-Pack Colored Pencils or Thin Markers
- #2 Pencils and Erasers,
- Pens (Blue, Black & Red)
- 3” x 5” lined Note cards
- Glue Sticks
Additional supplies can be dropped off from August 1 to 31 at Bridges location at the Oakes Center 120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ (entrance on Russell Place).
“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.
In August of 2014, the CCS and Bridges provided 385 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.
The Christ Child Society of Summit provides layette bundles to babies at the free pediatric clinics in our area. Layettes include essential clothing items, and the handmade, adorable fleece blankets that the Elks generously subsidize. These bundles help new babies and their families get off to a happy and healthy start.
3rd annual blankets for babies
Was held on February 4, 2015 from 10 am to 8 pm
at Memorial Hall
Thanks to the helping hands of our many volunteers, young and old, we were able to cut, pin, iron, sew, fringe and tie adorable fleece baby blankets! We finished 98 blankets that were in progress from last years Blankets for Babies day, and completed 84 more from beginning to end,
for a total of 182 blankets! We will be working to finish some more blankets at Girls Night Out at the Summit Elks Lodge #1246 on February 26th at 7:00 pm.
Our signature fleece blankets are included in each layette that we provide to
babies and their families at free clinics at local hospitals.
Amazon’s new Smile program donates 0.5% of every purchase to the charity of your choice. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Christ Child Society Summit every time you shop, at no cost to you.And signing up is a snap. Just click smile.amazon.com, type in Christ Child Society Summit in the search line and choose it. That’s it! Next time you sign onto Amazon, you’ll be presented with a button to shop through AmazonSmile. Click the button and shop as usual. Please take a moment and sign up for AmazonSmile and help us create another financial support for our projects such as our school supplies drive for students and our layette program for babies.
Look for more information this summer about our first meeting of the “new” year which will he held in late September or early October. Hope to see you then!
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