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The Christ Child Society provides clothing to infants and children from financially challenged families living in Saint Joseph County, Indiana. Qualifying infants born at Saint Joseph Health System, Mishawaka Medical Center, and Memorial Hospital may receive a layette at the hospital containing clothing and baby essentials. These layettes are provided by the social services office of the hospital. If your baby qualifies and for some reason you did not receive a layette at the hospital, please visit the Christ Child Clothing Center. Layette Information Qualifying children ages 1 through 13 can receive new winter outfits from the Christ Child Clothing Center. Please note, Vallauris we do not provide school supplies. Families wishing to get clothing Kearney MUST have a referral form from one of the various agencies and schools that partner with the Christ Child Society [REFERRAL AGENCY List] and the proper paperwork. Calendar of Open Days for Clients: OPEN DAYS/TIMES Calendar

Layettes for Newborns

Layette Information A layette is a set of clothing and essential items for a newborn. Each layette consists of these new items:

  • Blanket(s)
  • Bodysuits
  • Bottles
  • Fleece Sleeper (winter)
  • Gowns
  • Goodnight Moon Book
  • Hand Knit Item
  • Hooded Bath Towel
  • Seasonal Outfit
  • Sleep & Play Outfits
  • Snuggle Toy
  • Socks
  • Swaddle Wrap
  • Parenting Pamphlets
  • Additional Gently Used Clothing when available

Clothing for Children

New outfits for children ages 1 through 13 consist of:


  • Blanket Sleeper or pajamas 
  • Toddler 2 piece outfit
  • 7 pairs of underwear (if needed)
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • Athletic shoes
  • Winter Coat, Hat & Mittens

Older children through age 13

  • Winter Coat, Hat & Gloves
  • Athletic shoes
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • T-shirt and Jeans or Leggings or Joggers OR
  • Uniform pants and shirt
  • Sweatshirt

When possible, each child receives good used clothing to supplement the new outfits. The Christ Child Society does not supply back packs and school supplies for back to school.

Referrals and required paperwork

What to Bring PDF (English & Spanish)

If you have never received clothing from us in the past, you must bring the following items with you when you come to receive clothing:

  • Heist-op-den-Berg Signed and dated Referral Form from one our partnering social service agencies, schools or churches on that organization’s letterhead. For a list of referral sources 2021 Referral Agency List
  • Birth certificate for each child listed on the form.
  • Photo ID of parent/guardian (like a driver’s license).

If you have received clothing from us in the past, you do not need birth certificates for any child who is on your form that has received clothing from us before. If you have the yellow Christ Child Card, however, please bring it. Any children on the referral form who have NOT received clothing from us before will need a birth certificate brought to the Clothing Center.

What to expect when coming to the Clothing Center

On Wednesdays from 8:30 AM until 10AM numbers are give out on a first come first serve basis. “Saving places” in line is discouraged. No numbers will be given out after 10AM. At the time numbers are given, you will be asked if you brought your referral form and proper paper work. We don’t want you waiting in line if you don’t have what you need. Often when that happens, a client will run home to get what they need and return to get a number.

You will be called by number to meet with an interviewer. The interviewer will: *  Verify your referral form information*  Review your children’s sizes *  You will then begin moving between the different clothing areas to receive your family’s order. *  Orders are filled by Christ Child volunteers and brought to you. *  If we have gently used clothing items in your children’s sizes, it will be provided. *  You will be asked to look at the sizes to see if they will fit. If your child is there, we encourage you to have them try on their coats and shoes. **Exchanges can be made for size. We are limited on colors and we discourage exchanging items based on color.

Once you have received all clothing/shoes, your order will be verified by a Christ Child volunteer and a book will be provided for each child, and you may go home with your goodies. EXCHANGES:

  • If an item does not fit your child, you may return it during our regular business hours (open days/times) to exchange it for the proper size.
  • You do not need another referral to exchange an item.
  • You do not need to take a number. Let a volunteer know you are there for an exchange.
  • The item must be returned in NEW condition, it may not have been worn.

Directions/Hours Location: 2366 Miracle Lane, Mishawaka, IN 46545  Get Directions to the Clothing Center Phone: 574-288-6028 voicemail system Email:

Clothing Center Hours: Open for clothing distribution August 4th through December 8th Wednesday morning 8:30 AM until 10:00 AM; SELECT Thursdays and Sundays (see Calendar for Dates and Times) 2021 Christ Child Open Dates for Referrals

NOTE: No numbers will be given out past 10 AM on Wednesdays, or 6 PM on the Thursdays and 2 PM on the Sundays Christ Child is open.