The Christ Child Society’s Clothing Center in Mishawaka is unique in the Michiana area. Every year over 3,500 children in need receive new wardrobes, regardless of race, gender, or creed. This service is offered for children ranging in ages from birth through twelve years.
Clothing is distributed to from August until Early-December. The Clothing Center, located at 2366 Miracle Lane, Mishawaka, IN 46545 is open Wednesday mornings at 8:30. Numbers are distributed until 10am and select Thursday and Sunday afternoons (see calendar for dates/times). Dedicated volunteers staff the Center. There are two paid employees (our administrative assistant and custodian) and no government funds are used to purchase the new clothing. Click here for the 2021 Christ Child Referral Calendar dates.
Clients are assisted on a first come first serve basis, and must present a signed referral letter from one of the approved social service agencies in St. Joseph County. Click here for a 2021 Christ Child Referral Calendar. They must also present an official photo ID (like a driver’s license) for the parent/guardian and birth certificates plus social security cards for any children listed on the referral form.
After an interview, parents receive a bag of new clothing for each child that includes: seven pairs of socks, seven pairs of underwear, a sweatshirt, a shirt (t-shirt or uniform), a pair of pants (jeans or uniform), new shoes, warm winter coat, a knitted hat, and a pair of mittens. Children who wear sizes four or smaller also receive pajamas and a stuffed bear.
An outfit of gently used clothing for play, or perhaps something to wear to church is also offered. Families qualify for this service once each year.
Want to Volunteer at the Clothing Center?
Are you a student in need of service hours? Contact our COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR:
Suzanne Wiwi at email@example.com or leave a message for her at 574-288-6028.
Pictures from Around the Center