How To Get Involved
When I read 'She wrapped him in swaddling clothes,' I longed to do the same, and He Himself taught me that I might still do so in the person of His poor, and a great desire was born within me to go out and find the poor that I might find Him." Mary Virginia Merrick
Christ Child Society of Phoenix offers 7 kinds of Service Projects in which you can get involved. These projects are the backbone of our Chapter and represent our members' true dedication to serve children at risk in our community in the name of the Christ Child.
Our Chapter members assist the Phoenix Fire Department in providing immunization clinics for underinsured and underserved families. We provide clerical, organizational, and logistical assistance with families in need.
Bed Time Bags
Over 1,000 bags are provided to 8 Phoenix metropolitan agencies for children in crisis. Chapter members industriously assemble bags which contain a t-shirt, towel, wash cloth, personal hygiene items, and a handmade Teddy Bear for youngsters. Our friends up to the age of 17 receive age-appropriate items.
Our Teddy Bear ladies lovingly cut, stitch, stuff, apply bright eyes and smile, and even name each of their adorable creations! Every year, we send out over 1,000 Teddy Bears to children who may have only the clothes on their back when they arrive at an affiliated social service agency.
Our Phoenix Chapter is the only Chapter that hand-makes all articles. These devoted Chapter members knit, crochet, cut, sew, or assemble various items for infants, such as hooded towels, onesies, undershirts, Afghans, and more! Additionally, members create over 500 quilts that are distributed to local social service agencies and hospitals.
Our newest project, undertaken by the New Members, resulted after hearing a B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) representative explain to our membership that the children they aid are given a "love Blanket" to take with them when they have go to court. After we construct the blankets, they are passed around to our entire membership who hug each one and infuse them with LOVE.
Book Club Buddies at St. Matthew Catholic School
This group of Chapter members work with 4th and 5th grade students at St. Matthew Catholic School. The Chapter donates a book to each student to read and discuss every month.
Story Book Friends at St. Agnes Catholic School
Devoted Chapter members read with 1st graders at St. Agnes Catholic School with a focus on word recognition and basic reading skills.
The Mission of Mercy
In addition to our projects, Chapter members give time to the Mission of Mercy mobile medical units throughout the Valley by providing nursing assistance, interpreters, data entry, and serving on the Board of Directors of Mission of Mercy.
The Phoenix Chapter endeavors to strengthen members' appreciation of the bonds formed within our group, as well as with the broader community. We engage in several annual activities that promote growth in spirit while generating specific charitable goods and services.
Day of Prayer
A one-day retreat, often held during Lent, our Day of Prayer gives members an opportunity for spiritual reflection. A variety of activities are designed to promote and enhance the many blessings betowed upon us by the Christ Child. It offers members and invited guests a chance to reflect, renew, and revitalize the mission of Mary Virginia Merrick
Day of Work
In keeping with the Christ Child Society motto, "Laborae est Orare - To Work is to Pray'" this one-day session was developed to build espirit de corps of the members through an opportunity to give assistance to an organization that needs a helping hand.
Shower of Love
We hold an annual luncheon at a member's home where each guest brings a "shower gift" that are later distributed to an agency who serves at-risk children. Gifts have included clothing, shoes and socks, books, and diapers. A nominal admission charge helps to defray the cost of the luncheon.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Members gather at Mt. Claret bringing ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal that will feed a family of four. The food is transported to one of our affiliated agencies for distribution to families in need. In past years members have donated enough food for over 50 families.
Each year, a scholarship is awarded to a deserving high school student in the Phoenix metropolitan area. If you know of, or are a motivated student who would genuinely appreciate a some assistance, please contact us!
Miss Mary Jars
The power of that small change jingling at the bottom of your purse and pockets can impact so many children. Proceeds from our Miss Mary Jar collections have been used in the past to purchase milk for children at the St. Matthew Catholic School.
Not only are our fundraisers terrific social events, they are crucial to the operation of the Phoenix Chapter by providing the necessary means for ongoing projects.
The Red Wagon Fare
Our major, and most grand, fundraiser is held annually in the Spring. Past Red Wagon Fares have included a delicious lunch, entertainment, raffles, and silent and Chinese auctions in which guests participate with the hope of taking home a coveted prize.
Social Groups of the Phoenix Chapter
Our members enjoy the chance to get together just to chat, play games, and compare thoughts on good books. We have 2 book clubs that participate in lively, current discussions, and a bridge group where you can hone your trickiest strategies. Our Circles, based on zip codes, allow our members to get to know other members who live close by, and may even go on adventures together, like to the Musical Instrument Museum. Just let us know where your interests lie, and come have fun with us!
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