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The National Christ Child Society

The National Christ Child Society has been serving children in need for more than 150 years.  Forty-five Christ Child chapters across the United States currently work to meet basic needs of under-resourced children and families, with most chapters operating programs that benefit infants and promote literacy.  The national organization helps all chapters to grow, share best practices and enhance their programs, and helps new chapters to form.

Our Founder

The Christ Child Society was formed in 1887 in Washington, DC, by Mary Virginia Merrick, Servant of God. Our remarkable founder started the Christ Child Society as a teenager from a wheelchair by gathering family and friends together to provide local infants expected at Christmastime with essential clothing and blankets.  She grew the Christ Child Society in Washington, DC, by creating many programs to assist children, with the charism in mind that we should see the Christ Child in every child and treat them accordingly.  Over time local chapters began to form and the National Christ Child Society was established to connect them together.  Mary Virginia Merrick continued her work and leadership of Christ Child until her death in 1955 at the age of 88. To learn more about Mary Virginia Merrick and her Cause for Canonization go to

”Nothing is ever too much to do for a child.”

Mary Virginia Merrick, Servant of God
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