Our Signature Infant Layette Program
   Layette From Detroit Chapter


In 1884, Mary Virginia Merrick began the Christ Child Society with a gift of baby clothes, handmade by herself, to a mother in need and her baby.  This layette was the design for the Christ Child Society layette of today.  Every year over twenty two thousand layettes are distributed as a result of this first simple act of charity.  The layette is the first step into the "Challenging Poverty One Child at a Time" initiative for the child, for the family and for the community.

Chapters assemble a gift package of baby care items such as blankets, diapers, clothing, toiletry items and child care information.  Hand made items still are a special piece in most of the Society’s layettes.

As long as there are babies in need, a gift layette in honor of the Christ Child will be the link to the founder of the Society.


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