In December 1884, Mary Virginia Merrick was told about a woman soon to give birth who had no clothes for her baby. Quickly organizing her sisters and friends, Mary Virginia provided a complete layette in time for the new arrival. This was the beginning of what became the cornerstone of the Christ Child Society - The Layette Program. The program grew as more people began to make the baby items.

The Layette Program is the signature program that all 42 chapters throughout the United States participate in. A Layette consists of: 30 diapers, 2 books, hand made sweater set and afghan, stretch suits, wash cloth, towel, baby wash, bottles, bibs, blankets and onesies. Agencies and organizations identify mothers who are in need and then contact us with a request for pink, blue or unisex Layettes. Last year, 121 Layettes were distributed in Cape May County. Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information please contact us at: 609-602-7682.

Books are a result of a grant received from “First Books” and a total of 600 books were distributed to children aged 0-8. Also, 1000 Diapers were also distributed to these children. The value of a layette is $250.00 currently.

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