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.”
Nettie L. DeSantis (nee Lamattina), 91, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away on Friday, October 2, 2015; a day so cherished – her wedding anniversary.
Netties daughter, Marianne is a long standing member of the Summit chapter of the Christ Child Society, and the family has lovingly requested that in lieu of flowers, friends consider making a donation to the Christ Child Society of Summit, P.O Box 125 Summit, NJ 07092-0125. Donations can also be made on line (click here).
Nettie was born and raised in Lyndhurst NJ and graduated from Lyndhurst HS. Prior to her marriage to Joseph F. DeSantis Sr. in 1955, she was an executive secretary for the Leslie Company. After her marriage, she moved to West New York, NJ and resided there for 55 years. For the past five years, Nettie resided at Juniper Village of Chatham NJ. She was a wonderful cook, an avid sports fan, and loved reading novels and newspapers.
Nettie lovingly raised her four children and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph of the Palisade Parish where she was a member of the Rosary Society and an active school and church volunteer. Nettie returned to work for the West New York Board of Education and was active in local politics, where she served as a district committee woman for many years.
Nettie was predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, Joseph, her parents, Gennaro and Antoinette (Romano) Lamattina, and her siblings, Dominick, Josephine, Agnes Fazzio, and Theresa Piazza. She is survived by her children, Anthony (Esther), Joseph (Amy Lipton), Joanne Vernon (Russell) and Marianne (William Delaney) and her grandchildren, Caroline, William, Gabriel, Julia, Joseph, Alexandra and Annie. Nettie is also survived by her brothers and sister-in-law, Joseph (Sophie) and Louis and many nieces and nephews. Netties strong will and lively spirit will be greatly missed.
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7th Annual Rummage Sale
Despite the blustery weather, our 7th Annual Rummage Sale on October 3, 2015 benefitted our donors, shoppers, and most importantly, the children we serve. Although outside temperatures may have been cold, our hearts were warmed by the child who got to pick out a special toy, the young parents buying their first rocking chair, and the volunteers who went above and beyond to make sure furniture made it to a loving home. Proceeds go to fund our programs for children in need, including our layette program, our School Supplies program and our Christ Child Society Scholarship.
Thank you to all of our members who volunteered over three days, and to our friends and supporters for donating their “treasures” to the sale. We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from St. Teresa of Avila in Summit without which our Annual Rummage Sale would not be such a success.
Start saving your treasures for next years sale!
NAtional Christ Child Society Conference
The NCCS Conference was held on September 25th and 26th in Bethesda, Maryland, home of the National office. The theme of this years conference was”Empowering Our Leaders: Telling Our Story.” Saturday nights mass at Blessed Sacrament, the parish of Mary Virginia Merrick, was celebrated by Rev. Msgr. John Enzler, President and CEO of Catholic Charities in Washington, DC. Monsignor had just spent time with Pope Francis during his visit to DC a few days prior to the conference. See the video links below for Monsignors homily, and for the Keynote address by Julie Francavilla, Former Seattle KIRO TV anchor, Catholic and Communications expert, on how to communicate more effectively with key audiences using new NCCS branding and key communications/leadership principles.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Christ Child Society of Summit (CCS) and Bridges Outreach, Inc. partnered to provide Summit students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches with a new backpack and school supplies before the start of the new school year.
This years program saw 353 students receive approximately $81 worth of supplies and a new backpack. School supplies distributed varied by grade, and were based on the schools requested lists of supplies.
The program enables parents of the children to direct resources that otherwise would have been used for school supplies toward necessities such as food and rent.Read more...
“The children are so excited about selecting their new school supplies, and the parents are so grateful,” commented CCS Sally Golding, co-chair of the event.
“So many people and organizations contributed to make this event possible,” said Jane Murphy, also of CCS and event co-chair. ”Its always gratifying to help children in our own community.” A portion of the school supplies were purchased with grants from the Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, The Junior League of Summit, and the Summit Luminary Fund. Volunteers from Merrill Lynch, The Christ Child Society and The Junior League of Summit provided donations and helped out at the event.
Sara Szynal, a Summit High School student, raised more than $1,500 dollars to purchase new backpacks and school supplies as part of a US History class project, and Summit volunteers donated school supplies at the end of last years school year.
“We look forward to this heartwarming event every year”, said Lois Bhatt, Executive Director of Bridges.
Christ Child Society of Summit Scholarship awarded
The 3rd Christ Child Society of Summit Scholarship was awarded to Kimberly Carvalho, a graduating senior of Summit High School. The award is presented to a student who lives or goes to school in Summit, who has displayed academic achievement, and has worked or volunteered with children.
Carvalho was chosen from among twenty-eight applicants because of her dedication to succeeding in school, her independent spirit, and her extracurricular activities. Ms. Carvalho will be attending Florida International University.
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.
Date: November 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Memorial Hall - Lower Level, Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ
Topics: New outreach opportunities, rummage sale recap, Blankets for Babies. Coffee available at 8:45 am.
What do you give to that person in your life that has everything? How about a donation to the Christ Child Layette program with a LayetteCard? Donations are often given in honor of a birthday, anniversary, or in memory of a loved one. Click here to order.
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