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.”



Christ Child Society of Summit

9th Annual Rummage Sale


November 4, 2017,  8:00 am to 2:00 pm

(Rain or Shine)

St. Teresa of Avila Church’s Memorial Hall

306 Morris Ave., Summit, across from St. Teresa of Avila Church


We need your donations!


  • Household items
  • Small furniture
  • Art
  • Toys
  • Children’s Books (NO adult books)
  • Small appliances
  • Jewelry
  • Sporting goods
  • Tools, etc.

Sorry, we cannot accept baby items (cribs, playpens, etc.) clothing, or stuffed animals


Drop Off Items:

Thursday, Novembe 2nd from 12:00 pm -7:30 pm

and Friday, November 3rd from 9:00 am-12:00 pm


St. Teresa of Avila Church’s Memorial Hall,

306 Morris Ave., Summit

(across from St.Teresa of Avila Church)


All proceeds help children at risk in our community


Questions?  Email Susie Hoecker at hoeckers@aol.com

Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, and neighbors!

See event flyer here.


Click here to volunteer to help.  Many hands make light work!


Make a Difference Day

Gather on October 28th, our nation’s largest day of service, to make a difference in our community! We will be meeting on the lower level of Memorial Hall from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

We will be preparing baby clothes for packing in our layettes, working on fleece baby blankets, and knitting tiny toppers (baby hats) on this day of service in honor of our founder, Mary Virginia Merrick, whose cause for canonization as a Catholic saint is open. Miss Mary gave us a legacy of care for children in need that continues to inspire us all. We are so proud to to be able to share this day of service with other Christ Child Society chapters around the country!


Annual School Supplies Drive


The Christ Child Society of Summit and Bridges Outreach, Inc. partnered for the seventh year to provide Summit students eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch program with new school supplies before the start of the 2017-18 school year.


This year 335 students each received approximately $81 worth of school supplies and a new backpack.  School supplies distributed were based on the schools’ requested lists of supplies, by grade.  Parents were therefore able to direct funds that otherwise would have been used for school supplies toward necessities such as food and rent.


“The children are so excited about selecting their new school supplies, and the parents are grateful,” said Sally Golding of The Christ Child Society and co-chair of the event.

This spring, the Christ Child Society held a collection drive in Summit schools and St. Teresa’s Church. Bridges collected supplies over the summer. In addition, a portion of the school supplies were purchased using grants through the generosity of the Summit Area Public Foundation and the Summit Luminary Fund. 
“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.


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

9/12 Board Meeting 8 am

9/27  General Membership Meeting 9:00 am Memorial Hall; De-tagging of layette inventory following mtg

9/28  Layette Assembly 8:30 - 10:30 am Memorial Hall lower level

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



10/5 Morning Reflection with speaker Pam Robertson 9 am to 11 am at Mondo, 3rd floor, Springfield Ave

10/12 Board Meeting 8 :15 am

10/17 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am

10/19 Tiny Toppers Knitting 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at 18 Highland Drive, Summit

10/21 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am

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

10/31 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am



11/2 Rummage Sale drop off 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Memorial Hall

11/3 Rummage Sale drop off 9 am to 12:00 pm, Memorial Hall

11/4 Rummage Sale 8 am to 2 pm, Memorial Hall

11/7 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am

11/9 Layette Assembly 8:30 to 10:30 am Memorial Hall lower level

11/14 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am

11/15 Board Meeting 9:30 am

11/16 General Membership Meeting 9:00 am Memorial Hall lower level

11/21 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am

11/28 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am



12/5 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am

12/11 Meet at St. Teresa’s 8:30 am mass (left rear side of church)

12/11 Advent Giving Tree CCS Volunteer Day 9:00am -11:00 am St. Teresa’s Church Sacristy

12/12 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am

12/14 Board Meeting 8:15 am

12/19 OLHC Tutoring 8:15 am to 10:30 am



1/11 Board Meeting and Planning Session

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



2/1 Home Mass 8:30 am  location TBD

2/7 Blankets for Babies, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Memorial Hall

2/15 Board Meeting 8:15 am



3/8 Elks Blankets for Babies Night 7:00 pm at Elks Lodge, 40 Maple Street

3/8 Board Meeting 8:15 am



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

4/5 Board Meeting 8:15 am

4/26  General Membership Meeting 9:00 am, Memorial Hall Lower Level



5/3 Home Mass 8:30 am, location TBD

5/6 Layette Card Sales for Mother’s Day on the Plaza

5/10 End of Year Cocktail Party 7:00 pm, location TBD

5/17 Board Meeting 8:15 am



6/7 Board Dinner




Knitting Angels Gathering

When: Thursday, October 19th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Home of Cynthia Tarantino, 18 Highland Dr., Summit

Knit, chat, and eat as we make”Tiny Toppers” for the layettes that we give to babies in need. Sign up here.

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.

Next Meeting...

Date: November 16, 2017

Time: 9 am

Location: Memorial Hall lower level

Topics: Rummage Sale recap, Day of Service recap, Knitting Angels and layette update, upcoming masses and volunteer opportunities.


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