The Christ Child Society of Washington DC
WISH LIST: $100: 2 layettes for mothers in need; $180: complete uniform for a school-aged child; $500: 6 weeks of Sophisticated Ladies camp for a young girl
In 1884, the Christ Child Society’s founder, Mary Virginia Merrick, gathered a group of friends to sew a layette for a young mother who had no clothing for her expected child. And so began 125 years of serving the most basic needs of the DC region’s at-risk children, regardless of race or creed. Today, the Society distributes over 3,500 “starter kits” of clothing, educational materials, and a hand-knitted item to mothers in need. The School Counseling Program brings a vital support system to eight schools that cannot afford counselors; “Adopt a School” provides library books and sports equipment to over 1,500 children a year; and 25 volunteer tutors offer personal instruction to students struggling with reading. Direct services for families are also essential: at the Mary Virginia Merrick Youth Center in Washington Highlands, the Society provides health workshops, parenting classes, and life coaching, plus the “Sophisticated Ladies” camp for at-risk girls to build their self-esteem and leadership skills. In Merrick’s own words: “see a need and fill it” – simple and vital.
5101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 304
Washington, DC 20016
202-966-9250 ext 109