Sally and Becky found a cozy spot in the lobby and relaxed while their room was being readied. The pair just flew in from Akron. The women were in high spirits, but it wasn’t because they were about to begin a vacation; instead the duo were ready to begin the hard work of doing good. In town for a national gathering of Christ Child Society (CCS) members, the women were filled with passion for their mission to eradicate childhood poverty through service.
Friendly and welcoming, Sally, a registered nurse, and Becky, a retired librarian were excited to share details of the service work conducted by the group. The non-denominational Christian group, with chapters from coast to coast, including Milwaukee, attracts women of all backgrounds who wish to share their time and talents to uplift children in need. They have lovingly prepared layettes for countless impoverished Ohio newborns, but have never seen the grateful look on the face of a new mother or cuddled a pink-cheeked baby swaddled in its first new outfit. The CCS of Akron members prefer to do their good works behind the scenes, valuing the dignity of those their work helps.
Their hard work, and the generosity of their community, have allowed them to create a clothing center filled with brand new clothes of all sizes to ensure all Akron children have school clothes and warm coats. The group insists that nothing on the racks in the clothing center are items they would not have their own children wear. As with the layettes, the clothing for the older children is provided without fanfare or acknowledgement; for these women, the work is the reward.
Through the years, friendships have been forged, and faith strengthened for the members of this organization founded in 1887. Both women were brought into the group many years ago by friends who were already members, as were many of their contemporaries; but they worry about finding a new generation of volunteers to continue the battle against childhood poverty. Society has changed, with most new mother returning to the workforce, rather than balancing child rearing with volunteerism. The group continues to introduce new avenues to service work for the modern volunteer.
The society has a serious mission, but a light heart regarding its work, which was evident in the joy-filled smiles of the members as they streamed into the lobby to begin their convention. Waves of recognition and warm embraces between chapter members from across the country were accompanied by happy chatter as the delegates checked in to begin their important work.
Childhood poverty is a powerful force, but so are Sally and Becky, and all of the women behind them. The children of Akron have guardian angels working on their behalf each day, unbeknownst to them, which I believe is exactly how angels work.