Indianapolis – First Lady Karen Pence hosted the seventh award reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation at the Governor’s Residence on Tuesday, where she awarded $52,500 to 57 organizations and charities that serve Hoosier families and children across the state. The Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne was represented by chapter President Pat Spoltman, who was on hand to receive the award.
“When Mike was elected Governor, I was overwhelmed with requests from so many worthy organizations to get involved in their efforts. However, it quickly became clear that I couldn’t be at every event, nor could I champion every cause. That is why I, along with a team of dedicated board members, started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation as a way to shine a light on the organizations across Indiana who lift up our communities and make our state strong,” First Lady Karen Pence stated.
“The Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne is one of those organizations that is doing great work for our Hoosier children and families, and it is an honor to recognize them today,” said First Lady Karen Pence.
First Lady Karen Pence started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation in August of 2013 as a way to recognize organizations and charities across the state. At the inaugural First Lady’s Luncheon held in April 2014, the Foundation awarded its first major grant of $100,000 to the Art Therapy Program at Riley Hospital for Children. Last year’s luncheon recipient was Feeding Indiana’s Hungry with a grant of $65,000, which supports food banks and food pantries in all 92 counties. Last year, the third year, $100,000 was awarded to Indiana Bicentennial Commission for interactive “Treasures of the Statehouse” display at the Indiana State Library. Throughout the year, the Foundation will award smaller grants to organizations across the state.
“Whether helping a child develop a love for reading or supporting families in need or encouraging a child to go further in the arts, these organizations are the backbone and the heart of our communities. They represent the very best of what it means to be a Hoosier, and we thank them for their service,” said First Lady Karen Pence.
NCCS is pre-qualifying all chapters for the new nationwide Community Diaper Program.
Did you know that for many needy families, the cost of diapers can be as much as 14% of their household income? And that they can pay as much as $.70/diaper because of the high pricing at corner stores which may be the only place they can buy them.
For years federal assistance has excluded diapers from food stamps or medicaid, notwithstanding the serious health repercussions for many babies and toddlers. E-retailer Jet and Cuties Diapers have joined together to plug this "diaper loophole" and make low cost diapers easily accessible to low-income families--and those who serve them.
Read the latest blog to hear more about this fantastic program and how easy it will be for chapters to take advantage of it for the benefit of local children.
On Monday, March 14, 2016, the Membership Chairperson as well as the CCSFW Board hosted a new member meeting in the workroom at the Archbishop Noll Center. There were 10 new members able to join us to learn more about CCSFW and meet the board. The ladies were first told about National and how we help to carry out Mary Virginia Merrick's mission. The afternoon included a get-to-know-you portion and a detailed conversation of each of our ministries' workdays along with seeing our workroom.
Let us give a warm welcome to the following ladies: Betty Buckle, Jane Brechbill, Kathy Davis, Patricia Geise, Marlene Henry, Rebecca Kawiecki, Diann Keele, Kay Morken, Lori Newmann and Deb Schiemann.
Spring is in the air! So while you are getting some fresh air in the house and thinking about cleaning out your closets don’t forget the Christ Child Garage sale. Here’s the dates and times. What’s New and some tips for those donating.
Dates: Monday, June 6th. – Wednesday June 8th. Work days. *new this year Wednesday, June 8th. from 4:00 – 6:00pm Member’s Pre-Sale! This pre-sale is for members and their friends and family only. Thursday, June 9th. 8:00 am – 6:00pm Friday – 8:am – Noon. This is Half Price Day!
New this year: For those of you who have large furniture and don’t have a way to get it to our storage facility or Queen of Angels, please contact Suzanne Dunn @ 433-3917 or email@example.com. We now have a moving company that will pick up the large items from your home. Contact Suzanne and she can give you the details on how this works.
Quick Tips: (1) remember all your donations are tax deductible – you will need to list everything you are donating, email this list to Karen Schleinkofer at firstname.lastname@example.org, she will then get an official receipt to you. (2) Does it work, would you still wear it? If it doesn’t work or items are damaged or stained, please don’t donate it. Also all items must be clean. Remember, we want the people who are coming to the garage sale to look favorably upon our organization. (3) Sort, Sort and Sort again! Please put all like items together in one bag or box if you can. Example (all adult clothes, all childrens clothes, kitchen items, games/toys, household goods…) This will make quick work for those getting the sale ready. (4) Pricing is preferred! This will also greatly speed up the work process Monday – Wednesday for the volunteers. Guideline for pricing : Take the price you paid, divide that in half and then divide that amount in half. (5) What we do not accept: TV’s, Computers. (6) For the safety of our volunteers – please wrap any breakable items in paper or bubble wrap.
May 5th. Christ Child Spring Luncheon: Small items that are in boxes and trash bags/shopping bags can be brought to the Spring Luncheon. Our garage sale team will take these to the storage unit for you.
Thanks so much for helping make this a successful year for our Christ Child garage child,
The Christ Child Society Baby Bottle Fundraiser of 2016 is in the history books. Our area churches passed out empty baby bottles for their parishioners to fill with loose change. A few weeks later they brought them back and numerous Christ Child members and other volunteers have spent the past two weeks filling bank bags with the money. Thank you to everyone who donated!
The Christ Child Society was the recipient of a rather generous donation of baby products, toys, etc. for use by the Layette and Crib Club committees. The children of Fort Wayne are very much loved by the Christ Child Society and it's generous donors!
As with other Christ Child chapters across the country, we are inspired by this motto of our founder, Mary Virginia Merrick. Chartered in 1996, our chapter has grown to more than 200 active members who volunteer countless hours to help at-risk children and their families in our community. To help manage this growth and the increased needs in our community, members of the Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne are excited to announce the launch of their new website. We welcome you to our new home online.
I invite you to explore the site and learn more about our mission and the programs we support. Our projects are ongoing and we gratefully welcome new volunteers to help us serve. As you will discover, there is a special project to fill almost any need.
Please consider joining us by becoming a member, volunteering your time, or by making a donation that will help us to serve local children and their families with humility and compassion.
Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne