Hundreds of Local Children in Need Provided Gifts through Capital BlueCross Secret Santa Program

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Annual company tradition brings employees together in the spirit of giving

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Capital BlueCross lobby was filled today with nearly 600 gifts heading to children around Central Pennsylvania for the holidays. The company's annual "Secret Santa" program provides gifts to children, from infants to teenagers, who otherwise may not have a gift to call their own this holiday season.

The Capital BlueCross tradition has been helping families in need for 29-years. Since 1988, nearly 35,000 children have benefited from the generosity of company employees.  The voluntary program allows them to choose a gift tag with a child's first name, age and wish list. They purchase gifts or donate into a pool of money that volunteers use to do the shopping.

"Capital BlueCross employees look forward to this tradition each year, with many of them choosing the names of multiple children to provide gifts for over the holidays," said Gary D. St. Hilaire, president and CEO of Capital BlueCross. "Our Secret Santa program brings our employees together in the spirit of giving each year. As a community-based health insurer, it is part of our commitment to making a difference in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley." 

Secret Santa helps children in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry and York counties. Capital BlueCross employees put the items in gift bags and pack them to be delivered to the children.

The following organizations partner with Capital BlueCross to connect families to the program:

  • Dauphin County Social Services for Children and Youth
  • Cumberland County Children and Youth
  • Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency
  • Perry County Family Center, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army, Harrisburg Capital City Region
  • York County Office of Children, Youth and Families

"We are so grateful for the generosity of Capital BlueCross and its employees.  Each year, they help us fulfill the holiday wishes of 200 local children," said Kathy Anderson-Martin, The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region. "But it doesn't end at Christmas, as they volunteer and support our programs benefitting young people in our community throughout the year."

Capital BlueCross employees in the Lehigh Valley also are collecting gifts for families in need. The benefiting organizations include:

  • The Coco Foundation: Gifts will be provided to children and families in the Lehigh Valley impacted by pediatric cancer.
  • Kids Peace: Gifts will be provided through the Kids Peace Angel Tree Program which serves the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities.

In addition to its Secret Santa program, Capital BlueCross embraces the spirit of corporate and community giving throughout the year, supporting numerous charities and community organizations in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

About Capital BlueCross 
Capital BlueCross, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., is the leading health solutions and insurance company in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. A partner in the community's health for nearly 80 years, Capital BlueCross offers health insurance products, services and technology solutions that provide peace of mind to consumers and promote health and wellness for our customers.

More than a health insurer, the company delivers innovative solutions through a family of diversified businesses that is creating a healthier future and lowering health care costs. Among these solutions are patient-focused care models, leading-edge data analytics, and digital health technologies. Additionally, Capital BlueCross is growing a network of Capital Blue stores that provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit capbluecross.com.

 

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