About Us

For over 125 years, the Christ Child Society has been devoted to improving the lives of children in need. The Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne is a charitable organization of volunteers of many denominations devoted to serving at-risk children regardless of race or creed.

Timeline of Service:

1884  The first layette of infant clothes made by Mary Virginia Merrick and her friends is delivered to an impoverished mother in Washington D.C.

1887  The Christ Child Society is formed by Mary Virginia Merrick.

1997  The Fort Wayne Chapter of the Christ Child Society is established by 17 local women.

1998   200 new coats are distributed to school children.

2000   Membership grows to over 100 women.

Today, nearly 200 members strong, the Fort Wayne chapter distributes over 2000 coats and 800 layettes annually. We continue to share and expand on Mary Virginia Merrick's vision and seek ways to fill critical needs in today's social services. With the generosity of our community and the dedication of our volunteers we hope to break the cycle of poverty with our outreach to at-risk children.

More Information: info@christchildfw.org