A Christmas Surprise for our Senior Veterans

OTTAWA, Dec. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Christmas is a time of giving, not just of gifts but of time and of ourselves. This is the message that Canadian retailer Giant Tiger wanted to bring home this holiday season. Giant Tiger organized a very special celebration for a group of senior Canadians whose lives have been all about giving: the veterans at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre.

"Giant Tiger is a proud Canadian company and giving back is in our DNA," says Thomas Haig, President & COO. "During the holiday season, it is particularly important to remember and spend time with those who need it most. Our Canadian veterans have given so much, to be able to give back to them is not only a reminder of our shared values but is a true honour and privilege. "

The Centre's Lupton Hall was transformed for the tea into a wintery scene of traditional carolers, twinkling snowflakes and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Tables were set with treats of the season and Giant Tiger and Perley Rideau staff were the servers. Each senior in attendance received a comfy cozy Christmas gift. Although everyone received gifts from Giant Tiger, the true gift was being able to spend time with one another, listening to stories and learning from our senior veterans.

"We wanted to give our veterans a special surprise," says Karen Sterling, Vice President Marketing. "The holiday season isn't just about the gifts under the tree, it's the gift of time that makes the season bright. Each person in attendance was deeply moved by the people we met, the stories we heard and the day overall. Our hope is that by sharing the afternoon with all Canadians through video they will get to experience a bit of the holiday magic as well."

Everyone from Giant Tiger who participated in the event were in fact the recipients of the most meaningful gift of all -- time, sharing and remembrance.

"Giant Tiger is a great Canadian company caring for great Canadian seniors and veterans," says Daniel Clapin, Executive Director of the Perley Rideau Foundation. "Especially as Canada celebrates its 150th, it's time to remember our seniors and in particular our veterans".

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Giant Tiger Stores Limited wishes all Canadians a holiday season surrounded by love and a very happy New Year.

About the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre
The Perley Rideau is an historic and thriving Ottawa institution that delivers top-quality care in a personalized and compassionate manner. Established in 1897, today it is home to 250 Canadian war veterans and 200 seniors. The Perley Rideau has long been at the forefront of seniors' care and housing, and also provides respite and convalescent care. In addition, the Perley Rideau's two apartment buildings accommodate up to 225 independent seniors; other independent and assisted-living options are available in the surrounding community. To learn more about the Centre and to donate, visit www.perleyrideau.ca.

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada's best-kept secret, the privately held company has over 220 locations across Canada and employs over 8,000 team members. You can also shop online at gianttiger.com.  All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #foryouforless

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