For the 27th consecutive year, Merrill Lynch (NYSE:MER) today welcomed senior citizens to its offices in New York City for free use of the firm’s telephones to call friends and family across the world. In addition, earlier in December, the firm opened offices in many cities across the United States and overseas to enable senior citizens to make similar calls.
Christmas Calls Program Brings Holiday Cheer WorldwideÂ Â
Created in 1980, the Merrill Lynch Christmas Calls Program is a company-wide initiative that has reached more than 270,000 senior citizens globally since inception. “The Christmas Calls Program always has been a favorite event of my family, and a tradition at Merrill Lynch in the United States and abroad,” said John McDermott, senior vice president, corporate audit and compliance, and 2006 Christmas Calls Program chairman. “It is a joyous event for employees and other volunteers who take time from their holiday celebrations to support thousands of seniors.”