Volunteers work in our various programs so that children in difficult circumstances who need help receive the attention and respect they deserve. Each member gets involved in the programs that best fits their skills, interests, and personal goals.
Christ Child volunteers serve in various locations in the Fort Wayne area. We read to preschoolers in area schools, assemble layettes and backpacks in the Chapter’s downtown workroom, prepare coats for distribution at our State Street building, and assist mothers and children in obtaining necessary diapers and clothing for infants and toddlers at four area Crib Clubs.
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Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne Programs:
Layettes (Gift of Newborn Essentials)
The signature program of all Christ Child Society Chapters is the Layettes Program. These essential items for newborns include blankets, diapers, clothing and toiletry items. We work with community agencies and hospitals in the distribution of layettes to new mothers, often to mothers who have nothing to begin their parenting responsibilities.
The Crib Club is a baby store within the Women’s Care Centers in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. Expectant mothers participate in parenting classes and earn coupons to be used in the Crib Club to buy essentials for their baby. Each store is stocked with a variety of newborn through toddler size clothing, diapers, accessories and other items that a child would need in its first years. The Christ Child Society provides and organizes these items and staffs the Crib Club sites. We believe better communities are built when we partner with others to serve children and families in need.
“Koats for Kids”
CCSFW partners with area schools to help identify children in need. During the month of October, new winter coats, hats and gloves are distributed to preschool through 8th grade students who meet the need-based criteria. Our members receive orders from the schools and agencies, fill the orders and pack them in boxes. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) deliver coats to the specified school. For participating schools see the list of our Community Partners.
“My Stuff” Backpacks
Through this ministry, children in crisis are provided a sturdy backpack filled with age-appropriate items such as toiletries, educational and school supplies, reading and activity books and a stuffed animal. The backpacks are provided to homeless children, foster care children and children who are victims of abuse. This backpack is often the only item these children can call their own.
Literacy: “Reading Rangers”
The Literacy ministry reaches local preschoolers with our “Reading Rangers” Program. Our members read to preschoolers in three area schools. Age-appropriate books are selected, then read to the students. A craft project that follows the theme of the book completes the session. Each child takes home the monthly book to share with their parents and siblings along with a letter encouraging family participation. CCS members see the Christ Child in every child, treating them with the attention and respect they deserve.
Sewing Committee contributes beautifully handcrafted items many of which are embroidered with our Chapter name or logo to our programs. These items add a personal and loving touch to the offerings of each committee and partner agency. Sewing classes are held at two locations, Vincent Village and The Courtyard with 1-5 students at each site. CCS provides donated machines on site as well as sewing materials and notions. The Sewing Committee helps provide personal skills to improve their students’ lives.