The Layette program is an integral part of the National Christ Child Society. It is the common bond between all 40 chapters of Christ Child, a service for the needy that founder Mary Virginia Merrick began in 1912 in Washington D.C.
One morning and one evening each month, members meet at the Layette House to assemble layettes valued at $50.00. Each layette contains a sleep sack, body suits, cap, socks, hooded towel, washcloths, the Christ Child Prayer and the Christ Child Society Mission Statement. Members of the Society or other generous donors often provide handmade caps, blankets, booties, or bibs; the addition of this handmade item makes the layette just that more special.
The Detroit chapter has seen the program grow from delivering eighty layettes a month in early 2000, to dispensing more than 2,037 layettes in 2018 to over 20 agencies in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County. Agencies that receive our layettes are registered with the state of Michigan.
After 100 years of service in the Detroit area, the layette program remains strong and continues to meet the needs of disadvantaged new mothers just as Mary Virginia Merrick had envisioned.
Layette Program Leader