Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


‘Serve in Style’ to help Christ Child Society continue mission

Published April 6, 2021

ATLANTA—Christ Child Society of Atlanta will host its annual fundraiser this year as a virtual event, April 17-24.

The chapter’s fundraiser, “Serve in Style,” will include an online auction with more than 100 auction items and a raffle drawing. This event raises funds to support the Christ Child Society mission to aid newborns, promote literacy and sustain “Elizabeth’s Garden.” The auction will be live for the entire week.

The raffle drawing includes a 50/50 cash grand prize, jewelry and artwork.

Originally founded in 1887 in Washington D.C., Christ Child Society is a national organization with 46 chapters and 6,000 members nationwide, created in order to help needy children. Now in its 18th year, the local Atlanta chapter partners with hospitals, clinics, schools and other organizations providing support for children in need.

The outreach efforts include a layette program providing impoverished infants with essentials such as baby blankets, diapers and clothing; a volunteer program at Grady Hospital to hold, nurture and feed at-risk newborns; student support at St. Peter Claver Regional school and Our Lady of Victory School; lunchroom duties at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School; purchasing enrichment materials for Bright Futures Academy at City of Refuge and book collections as well as summer programs to promote literacy.

The society’s signature program is Elizabeth’s Garden, an organic sensory space, designed with handicap-accessible beds and pathways, created to be an outdoor classroom and toddler playground, located at the Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children in Chamblee.

The fundraiser is called the Red Wagon Event, in honor of its founder, Mary Virginia Merrick’s gift of a red wagon to a needy child at Christmas, which was the start of the Christ Child Society.