Ministry Spotlight: The Christ Child Society of Columbus

Today we are highlighting a wonderful organization at work in our city, The Christ Child Society of Columbus. Below, board president, Molly Fanning, gives us some insight on how she first got involved in this ministry. If you are looking for a way to serve Christ and impovershed children through simple works of mercy, this organization is calling you.  

For more information visit their table at the conference or visit their website now by clicking on the logo image or go to www.christchildsociety.org.


I am humbled to be president of a volunteer group that so proudly proclaims the name of Christ-The Christ Child Society of Columbus, a local chapter of one of the oldest Catholic service organizations in the US. I was attracted by the mission, I admire our members, and I am inspired by our founder, Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick. At the age of 16, in spite of pain and paralysis from an injury, Mary Virginia Merrick gathered a sewing circle of her sisters and friends at Christmas time to sew baby clothes for a mother in need in honor of the Holy Infant. This first layette began a life of service that became the Christ Child Society in 1887 helping children in Washington DC. It has been an honor to walk in Miss Mary’s home, attend mass at her church and learn about her path to sainthood at our national conferences. You can read more inspiring stories about Miss Mary atwww.MaryVirginiaMerrick.org.

About 7 years ago I was looking for a new volunteer group and was happy to be introduced to a group that not only would fit my desire to serve but also provide the opportunity to meet faith filled women from all over the city. The Christ Child Society of Columbus is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to serving children in need. Our members provide hands-on help assisting in the child care center at St. Stephens Community House and tutoring at All Saints school. We partner with the Women’s Care Center to provide for the material needs of the babies of mothers who attend child care classes there. Last year we provided over 1600 layettes to mothers in Central Ohio hospitals who otherwise would have little for their newborns.

We provide scholarships for high school students and feed over 100 under-served children each week. We believe every child deserves a chance and our mission is to challenge poverty one child at a time. We are always looking for new members and supporters for our fund raising events. I look forward to meeting many of you at the CCWC this year. Stop by our table to say hello learn more about the Christ Child Society of Columbus.