In celebration of Make A Difference Day on Saturday, volunteers from the Trumbull County Probate Court's Guardian Angels of Ohio program spent a morning and afternoon Wednesday hosting a fall tea party with residents at Windsor House's Liberty Health Care Center.
''It was so much fun,'' said resident Gladys Collins.
The day's events included hats and beads for the ladies and hats for the gentlemen in the tradition of an English tea party. The residents were treated to a luncheon with a variety of teas, scones and finger sandwiches and were able to make fall crafts to pass along to other residents who were unable to make it to the party.
Tribune Chronicle / Kathleen Evanoff
Gladys Collins, a resident at Liberty Health Care Center, plays bingo and participates in a sing-along with volunteers from the Trumbull County Probate Court Guardian Angels of Ohio.
Residents were able to play games of bingo, win prizes and join court staff for a sing-along.
''They (Guardian Angel volunteers) came up with the ideas and planned the entire event,'' said Patricia Hovanic, office manager with the probate court.
Hovanic operates the Guardian Angels of Ohio program in Trumbull County along with staff member Carrie Rhoads.
The Guardian Angels volunteer program, originated by Judge Thomas A. Swift in 1980, reaches out to the elderly in Trumbull County by providing trained, qualified volunteers to serve as friends, advocates, and legal guardians who provide services to promote health, dignity, independence and quality of life. The volunteers have visited area nursing homes to celebrate seasonal events and have organized festivities for Easter, Halloween, Mother's Day as well as Make A Difference Day.
Volunteers also set up health fairs at various venues throughout the year, including Relay for Life events and the Trumbull County Fair.