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 2017 we gifted 450 layettes. (Handmade items still are a special piece in most of the Society’s layettes.)
Our chapter was founded more than 35 years ago by a small group of women dedicated to serving children in need. Today we have grown our volunteer membership to 150 and we continue to strive to meet the ever growing needs of our community. Our Vision is to serve impoverished children, or those with special needs inNorthern 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.
"Nothing is ever too much to do for a child."
Mary Virginia Merrick, Founder National Christ Child Society 1887
Christ Child Society of Northern Michigan
Kim Jones, President
P.O. Box 132
Harbor Springs, MI 49740