The South Bend Chapter of The Christ Child Society and her sister chapters throughout the United States hold in common the wonderful project of assembling and distributing layettes for newborns. The layette program is our longest standing project which started in 1947. It provides clothing and essentials to babies born to mothers in need. Layettes are assembled at the Center and distributed to Saint Joseph Health Systems’ Mishawaka Medical Center, and Beacon Health Systems’ Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Caseworkers at these facilities give out the layettes based on the financial need of the mother.
In South Bend, over 400 layettes are given out annually at our Clothing Center and at each hospital. After giving birth at the hospital mothers can ask the Hospital Social Worker, Nurse or Chaplain to help them receive a Christ Child Layette Bag. Mothers will be able to leave the hospital with one of our prepacked bags complete with:
- Book (Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown)
- Teddy Bear
- Wash cloth
- Pram suit
- Knit sweater and hat
- Parenting Pamphlet
- Additional Gently Used Clothes when available
Families qualify for this assistance in the same way they might qualify for receiving clothing for their older children. Referrals are handled by the Social Services Department at each hospital.