Clothing Center

A peek into the layettes given to newborn babies. Layettes are distributed through Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Health System.

A peek into the layettes given to newborn babies. Layettes are distributed through Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Health System.

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.

Over 1300 families received new clothes in 2015

Over 1300 families received new clothes in 2015

Clothing is distributed to disadvantaged children from Mid-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 2017 CC Referral Calendar dates the Center is open in 2017.

Over 3500 children were kept warm in 2015

Over 3500 children were kept warm in 2015

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: six pairs of socks, six 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:

Maureen Korros at moemax56@gmail.com or 574-876-4238

Pictures from Around the Center

March/April 2016

April 13 LOH

Members gather to make Layettes of Hope

April13 book ladies

“Book Ladies” getting ready for Opening Day

April13 Derby Ladies

Selling Derby Day Raffle Tickets (May 2016)

April13 layette

Layette Ladies taking a break

April13 Used ladies

Members working in the Used Clothing Room

coat gals April 6

Coat Ladies helping with new clothing

LoH workers April 6

Layettes of Hope assembly line

WCC LOH delivery

Students helped with the delivery of Layettes of Hope

LOH March 23 ladies

Prepping onesies for Layettes of Hope

LOH March 23

Smiling faces!

LOH2016

Busy hands at the Center

March2016bags

Taking a moment to chat

March2016onesies-4

Onesie prep!

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Members gather for morning prayer and announcements

Used ladies March 23

“Used Ladies” taking a break for a great picture!