It's still not too late to do something for others this season. The Erie County Home welcomes visitors during its Christmas Day Visits program, which was begun in 1987 as a way to bring the community in to visit with those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. In 1997, Gary and Linda Tatu of Harvest House, who originated the program, were given the JCPenney Golden Rule Award in recognition of their efforts.
The Erie County Home has 638 residents and approximately 150 have no family members to visit them. Volunteers will be stationed at the main entrance with the names of residents, along with information that will be helpful to visitors. Visiting hours are between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day. Individuals and families are welcome and the residents especially enjoy visits from children. Gifts are not necessary, but visitors may bring a small plant or room decoration. Food is discouraged because many are on restricted diets.
The Erie County Home is at 11580 Walden Ave., Alden. Call 937-5640 for information.