Layette Program


One of the cornerstones of the Christ Child Society is the Layette program. In 1884, Mary Virginia Merrick assembled the first layette for an impoverished infant in her community, marking the beginning of many gifts given to needy children through the Christ Child Society. The Pasadena Layette committee continues Miss Mary’s work by assembling and providing layettes to needy infants in the San Gabriel Valley. The layettes provide a new mother with some of the basic needs for their infants. The Layette committee meets five times per year at the St. Andrew’s Pastoral Center. This coming year we are planning to assembleĀ overĀ 550 layettes for distribution to many parishes and non parish agencies such as Catholic Charities, Elizabeth House, Foothill Family service, Door of Hope and Huntington Hospital. Our group is so thankful to have many devoted knitters who make blankets, booties and caps which we include in each of our layettes. It is these hand knit items which are convey the love in each layette.


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Each layette includes the following:

  • infant clothing
  • diapers
  • receiving blanket
  • baby toiletries
  • baby towel and washcloth
  • hand knit item (such as a blanket or a sweater)
  • wipes
  • prayer card
  • miraculous medal