-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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  • Warm feet on frosty winter days…

    A baby shower in a bag…

    Name brand coats with matching hats and gloves…

    Fresh new underwear and socks…

    A book for every child…

    Please remember
    the Christ Child Society of South Bend
    on Giving Tuesday.


National Day of Service 2021

The National Christ Child Society united its chapters across the country this year for the biggest book drive in their history, focusing on bridging the education gap through a national book drive.
The South Bend Chapter collected 402 new, hard covered books to share with some of their local partner agencies – St. Adalbert Catholic School, More

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

Backpacks & Beyond: A Double Win!

Cars started lining up at the Christ Child Center as early as 7:30 am on July 24th to receive beautiful new backpacks stuffed with school supplies. The event was hosted by CCS and spearheaded by Clay Food Pantry in cooperation with Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Inter Faith Council.
This collaboration is a terrific example More