Posted by Gerry Sawyer
Akron Rotarian Katy Miller is one of 300 volunteers with the Christ Child Society of Akron. She recently visited our club to tell us what's new at CCSA.
Katy used a PowerPoint presentation for her talk. CCSA is a nonprofit founded in 1957 to provide basic support to children lacking the necessities of life. They are part of a national organization of 5800 members in 48 chapters. CCSA draws 120 people at each meeting!
Newborn layettes, infant socks, diapers, bottles, wipes, blankets, books and toys are all provided. New programs include infant bereavement and literacy in partnership with Akron Schools. The second grade program prepares children for the third grade program. Other partners are the United Way of Summit County and the Akron Zoo.
In Akron, 34 percent of all children live in poverty. The CCSA children's clothing center provided 2000 uniforms for older children including 10 to 20 fire orders per year. All clothing is new, and the average cost per child is $100.
All of the organization's funds are raised by volunteers. The CCSA has fundraisers including a Red Wagon Lunch at the Hilton West, a holiday shopping and fashion show, a thirsty dog fundraiser and a reverse raffle and night at the races.
To learn more, you may contact Linda Skeen at