Who We Are

Founded by Mary Virginia Merrick, known today as a pioneer in American Catholic social reform, the National Christ Child Society makes a difference in the lives of the young.  Each of our chapters’ programs is tailored to the needs of their community. Although many Christ Child chapters serve children in the same ways, the local organizations lead the way, and their members set the tone for how to accomplish their goals.

As a member of a Christ Child chapter, every member is also a member of the National Christ Child Society—and receives support from a professional National staff and vibrant volunteer leadership drawn from chapters across the country. The National organization helps extend and expand the Society’s message and mission – and helps chapters build their leadership and impact. Our challenge, overcoming poverty one child at a time, is now the mission of nearly 6,000 members in 44 communities.  Joining a chapter means joining a community that shares the love of children and the Christ Child—and making life-long friends with whom you can improve children’s lives together.

Our history begins with an extraordinary woman, Mary Virginia Merrick – click to continue reading…