2018-10-06 / Community Life

Christmas House relocates to church

Christmas House volunteers are closing the door on the little house at the corner of Main Street and First Streets in Coudersport and are opening the door to a new, larger location up the street at First Presbyterian Church.

The church’s Mission Committee, looking at ways to reach out to the community in Christian service, offered the use of its basement free of charge as a location for Christmas House.

“By taking advantage of the church’s generous offer of space, we will able to use more of our resources to meet our mission to help the many folks who find themselves in difficult circumstances,” said Christmas House representative Jane Metzger. “The new location is larger and we are planning to expand the services we offer.”

Alyce and Gene Reese formed the charity as a non-profit corporation. A handful of faithful volunteers carry on the legacy today.

The new location is at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets. Parking is available on Fourth Street and signs direct people around the side of the building. Access to the basement is on the north side of the church. An elevator is available for those who have difficulties with stairs.

Christmas House is open on Tuesdays from 9 to 1. The telephone number is 274-0825.

Through the generosity of many donors, Christmas House provides Christmas gifts to Potter County families in need. Referrals are made by school nurses, social service agencies, churches and individuals.

In addition, Christmas House assists people in paying overdue rent and utilities and with emergency food needs. Through an annual donation by NDHP Motorcycle Club, Potter County children go back to school with new shoes.

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