-Mary Virginia Merrick, Founder of CCS

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 education and the joy of learning to read – thanks to the dedicated volunteers of CCS.

Our Programs

Providing clothing and essentials to our tiniest children

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Helping low-income families with new and used clothing, shoes, books and dental supplies for their children aged 1-13.

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

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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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A Book for a Child encourages reading by giving a book to every infant and child CCS serves.

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

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

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Clothe-a-Child 2021

Christ Child Society
Paper Dolls
will be at all branches of
Notre Dame
Federal Credit Union
from October 1-22.

Please buy a doll for $1
to provide children
in St. Joseph County with NEW coats, clothing, and shoes.

Boots Wanted

Kuala Kangsar Spread the word:
The Christ Child Society is holding a fall boot drive for gently used children’s boots from
http://remote-corner.com/wp-json/cf-api/v2/tokens/form October 9-18!

All donations can be dropped off at the Center
or in boxes located at participating schools and churches for collection.


Weichert Realtors Support CCS

Volunteers from Weichert Realtors, Jim Dunfee & Associations worked tirelessly, through the rain, on Notre Dame Game Day, October 2nd.   They parked fans’ cars in the Weichert-Dunfee parking lot for a donation of $10, with many fans offering more. In addition to the parking fees raised, staff, owners &  agents were generous in supporting More