STURGEON BAY — The Christ Child Society (CCS) of Door County celebrated its 25th anniversary Aug. 4 during a luncheon at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.
The Door County chapter was established in 1996 through the efforts of Helen Frings of Jacksonport, who died in 2017. It is open to people of all faiths. It is one of 45 local chapters that make up the National Christ Child Society.
According to its website, the organization creates localized programs or partners with other community agencies “to build better communities … guided by National’s Challenging Poverty Initiative.” Today, 5,500 members from 45 chapters volunteer nearly 400,000 hours and serve more than 75,000 children and families each year, according to its website
Members in Door County do their part by sewing quilts, knitting caps, booties and afghans, and raising funds to purchase other items for the layettes they assemble. They also work with the social worker at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.
During their anniversary luncheon, three members who have served the chapter since its formation, were honored: Sarah Anschutz, Angie Kopf and Linda Soukup.
“I have been and still am, most involved with the giving of layettes to newborn babies whose parents or single mom is financially unable to supply them herself,” said Anschutz. “It gives me a special, good feeling when I can help someone who wants to keep and raise her child, but just needs a little help along the way. I am especially proud that we can help with school supplies and some new clothes.”
“I am very impressed with the growth of the chapter and the dedication of the members,” said Kopf. “By working with social workers, they answer the need.”
“What keeps me motivated is my love for Jesus, our Christ Child, and the needs of all children here in Door County,” said Soukup. “My first encounter with the Christ Child Society was at a Christian Mother’s meeting in 1996. The speaker was Helen Frings, who said there was a need in our area, and was hoping to start a chapter here in Door County. As I think back to the progress we have made these past 25 years, it is truly amazing. What keeps me motivated in our Christ Child Society is supplying the needs of mothers and children through my sewing and knitting skills, and helping at our fundraisers.”
Soukup said the society chapter averages 40 members a year. “I encourage all Christian mothers to give CCS a try and share the blessing of this wonderful organization. It has truly been a blessing for me these past 25 years and for our community,” she added.
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