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OREM FIRM TO PLACE CALLS FOR ELDERLY

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On Christmas Day, the Wirthlin Group, 1998 S. Columbia Lane, will open its phone lines so senior citizens can make free calls to loved ones across the country.

"Reaching out to family and friends, that is what Christmas is about. We hope that we at the Wirthlin Group can help those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to do so," said Carol Fisher, executive director.The Orem national research firms' office will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday to accommodate callers. Wirthlin Group personnel will be on hand to serve homemade refreshments and assist visitors who wish to have their pictures taken with Santa.

Last year, the first year for the event, 50 seniors participated and 242 calls were placed. There is no limit on length or number of calls.

"We're all looking forward to the event again this year. Watching faces light up as they talk to loved ones makes it a very special Christmas for all of us," Fisher said.

Callers are expected to provide their own transportation to the phone center and are encouraged to share rides with others.