In 1884, Mary Virginia Merrick began the Christ Child Society with a gift of baby clothes, handmade by herself, to a mother in need and her baby. This layette was the design for the Christ Child Society layette of today. Every year over 22,000 layettes are distributed as a result of this first simple act of charity. The layette is the first step into the "Challenging Poverty One Child at a Time" initiative for the child, for the family and for the community.
Our chapter assembles a gift package of baby care items such as blankets, diapers, clothing, toiletry items and child care information and distributes them to mothers as they leave the hospital In 2015 we gifted 455 layettes. (Handmade items still are a special piece in most of the Society’s layettes.)
As long as there are babies in need, a gift layette in honor of the Christ Child will be the link to the founder of the Society.
Our chapter was founded more than 30 years ago by a small group of women dedicated to serving children in need. Today we have grown our volunteer membership to 200 and we continue to strive to meet the ever growing needs of our community. What makes us unique--we have no paid staff, we are all volunteers serving under resourced children.
Our Vision is to serve impoverished children, or those with special needs in Northern Michigan.
Our Mission is to serve the needs of infants and children in Northern Michigan, without prejudice, through the personal service of its membership, in the love and spirit of the Christ Child.
Our ecumenical chapter membership is made up of compassionate and actively engaged volunteers assisting children requiring clothing, food, education support, as well as those families needing short-term financial aid for their child. Funding for our mission is derived from chapter fund-raising activities, grants, and generous donors.