The Maison de Noël will hold an open house at its new location from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 15.
The Christmas House has recently moved and is now located at 402 North Main St., Coudersport. It is located in the basement of the church. Visitors can enter through the side door; there are signs telling people where to go.
The Christmas House provides Christmas gifts to needy families in Potter County. Recommendations are usually made by schools, daycares or organizations like A Way Out.
The open house will feature sandwiches, chili and refreshments for visitors. Santa Claus will also be present. The public is welcome.
Although the Christmas House is open year round, it is currently in its busiest time as Christmas is just around the corner. The Christmas House is run by local volunteers and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Christmas House operates entirely through donations and accepts donations all year round. Currently, the group is short of toys for boys, such as toy cars or trucks, and gifts for teenagers. They also accept gift certificates at places like McDonald’s or Subway, or movie tickets.
Their new location is in the basement of a church, which they use for free as part of the church’s donation to the Christmas House. This allows volunteers to allocate more funds to purchase gifts and other things for those in need.
When it’s not Christmas time, the Maison de Noël is always hard at work providing those in need with things such as money for rent, utility bills or water. The Christmas House is also hosting a back-to-school event in July where it gives Potter County children new sneakers, donated annually by the NDHP Motorcycle Fraternity.
To donate, drop the items off at Maison de Noël during their hours or on Open House. If anyone has referrals for families in need, let the Christmas House know by calling 814-274-0825 and asking for Charlene Smith, President of the Christmas House.