Seniors Secret Service Society



Seniors Secret Service Society

November 21, 2012 10:00 ET

Seniors Secret Service to Distribute Gifts to 2500 Isolated Seniors Throughout Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2012) - Christmas will be a bit merrier for seniors in the Calgary area this holiday season thanks to Seniors Secret Service.

"The secret is sharing," says Greta Martin, President of the society. "Our mission is to provide gifts and recognition to seniors who otherwise might be overlooked during the holidays and on their birthdays."

On Saturday, December 1, over 60 volunteers will gather to sort through the personalized gifts provided by anonymous donors throughout the city. Each donor received a profile on a senior and picked a gift with that person in mind. Calgary Police Services, CBVL and West Direct Express make the collection, storage, and distribution of gifts possible with donation of their facilities and services.

"The gratitude that the seniors have for the program is why we have done it for the past 27 years," says Martin. "Just a small gift can improve the health and well-being of a person."

The society has been collecting, organizing and distributing personalized Christmas gifts and cards for seniors since 1985. In 2009, the Cheer All Year birthday program was launched with much success. Due to the expansion of the program, the society has changed their name from Santa's Secret Service to Seniors Secret Service.

For more information or to learn how you can help, please visit www.seniorssecretservice.com

Seniors Secret Service Annual Gift Sort

When: Saturday, December 1, 2012
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: 5745 80th Ave. SE, Calgary

*Guided tours of the gift sort and media interviews are available upon request.

Backgrounder

  • Since 1985, Seniors Secret Service (SSS) has supported seniors with the help of anonymous donors willing to provide personalized and thoughtful gifts at Christmas.
  • SSS has a strong relationship with seniors' groups, housing facilities, outreach programs, Meals on Wheels and healthcare providers in Calgary and area.
  • Members of these groups eagerly participate in the program, providing anonymous personal profiles of isolated seniors to SSS, indicating the seniors' age, gender, hobbies, needs and preferences.
  • Once SSS receives the anonymous profiles, they pair them with an equal number of volunteer Secret Santa's from the Calgary area.
  • More than 40 corporate groups and 400 individuals sign-up to purchase a gift for their special senior.
  • Several Calgary Police Services district offices collect the gifts. The presents are then sorted in a warehouse donated by CBVL and checked off the list by volunteers. This process ensures that no senior is forgotten.
  • The gifts are delivered to the caregivers by West Direct Express, whom donates their services.
  • Caregivers pass out the gifts to their seniors, ensuring everyone has something to celebrate during the holidays.
  • In 2009, the Cheer All Year program was launched to provide birthday gifts to isolated seniors.
  • In 2011, Seniors Secret Service was adopted as the new name (formerly Santa's Secret Service) to reflect the broader programs offered by the society.

www.seniorssecretservice.com

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