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Capital BlueCross Secret Santa program reaches 25 years of delivering holiday cheer

Nearly 33,000 children have received gifts through the years

           HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 4, 2013) – Capital BlueCross will continue a 25-year tradition of spreading holiday cheer when it packs up about 600 donated gifts destined for underprivileged children from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at the company’s headquarters at 2500 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.

Through the years, the program known as Secret Santa has brought smiles to the faces of nearly 33,000 children in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Perry and York counties.

“After a quarter of a decade, Secret Santa is still a program that our employees really look forward to participating in every year,” said Dave Skerpon, vice president of Strategic Growth and Community Relations. “Capital BlueCross has always had a strong spirit of giving to the community, and knowing that we are able to bring joy to so many children during the holiday season makes Secret Santa extra special.”

Gifts are currently being placed by employees around a tall, decorated Christmas tree in the atrium of the company’s headquarters. The gifts are so plentiful each year that they extend a number of feet from the tree stand, stacked up many gifts high.

Capital BlueCross employees who volunteer to participate in Secret Santa receive a holiday tag with the first name, age and gender of a child, along with the child’s toy and/or clothing wish list. Then employees purchase and wrap gifts for the child they receive. The gifts are delivered by Children and Youth agency caseworkers and Salvation Army volunteers in time for the children to unwrap and enjoy on Christmas morning.

About Capital BlueCross

In 2013, Capital BlueCross is celebrating 75 years of serving central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley residents and businesses as the region’s leading health insurer. Through its family of companies, Capital BlueCross brings innovative services and clinical solutions to the marketplace. Committed to delivering medical value to its communities, Capital BlueCross focuses on improving patient satisfaction, enhancing quality of care and reducing costs. The company continues to lead the change in the industry by meeting the evolving health needs of its customers, most recently by entering the retail market and building a first-of-its-kind health and wellness store called Capital Blue. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, employing more than 1,800 people. More information about Capital BlueCross can be found at