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Nothing is ever too much to do for a child.

Mary Virginia Merrick
Founder, National Christ Child Society

The Christ Child Society of South Bend has served the children of St. Joseph County since 1947.

Over a quarter million children have found the dignity of new clothing, the empowerment of education and the joy of learning to read – thanks to the dedicated volunteers of CCS.

How We Can Help

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Clothing and other baby essentials are available for our tiniest children.

Angel Layettes are provided at area hospitals to any parents whose child did not survive birth.

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Clothing Program

Low-income families can receive new winter clothing, shoes, and dental supplies, as well as books and gently used items, for their children aged 1-14.


Foster Hope

Children entering foster care receive a large personalized tote offering the security of new clothing and comfort items.



Scholarships are awarded to eligible CCS clients to further their education.

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SUCCESS is a supportive partnership with St. Adalbert Catholic School in South Bend.

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Layette of Hope

A Layette of Hope is a small gift of reminding a newly pregnant woman of the life she now carries.

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