The Christ Child Society’s Clothing Center in South Bend is unique in the Michiana area. Every year over 3,500 needy children receive new wardrobes, regardless of race, gender, or creed. This service is offered for children ranging in ages from birth to twelve years.
Clothing is distributed to disadvantaged children from August until Mid-December. The Clothing Center, located at 308 South Scott Street, is open Wednesday mornings at 8:30 numbers are distributed until 10am and 4 Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 1:45pm. Dedicated volunteers staff the Center. There are no paid employees and no government funds are used to purchase the new clothing. Click here for the 2019 Christ Child Referral Calendar dates the Center is open in 2019.
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. They must also present personal identification and birth certifiates plus social security cards for their children.
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, a pair of pants, 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.
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