Pa. Department of Labor and Industry donates 600 stuffed toys to children


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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) –The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed state inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care, and New Hope Ministries.

According to state law, L&I must inspect all toys for content, choking hazards, and general safety. Because of this process, the department accumulates hundreds of toy samples each year. L&I has donated 3,200 toys over the past five years to various holiday gift drives.

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“With all the stuffed toys that come to our Harrisburg office for inspection, L&I staff consider ourselves to be part of Santa’s workshop,” L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. “Partnering with the Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gives us a unique opportunity to provide children with the toys that pass inspection, giving the toys a good home and bringing joy to kids across Pennsylvania this holiday season.

The families and older adults sponsored for the event were identified through caseworkers at county assistance offices, a senior citizen complex servicing older adults in need and, a community action agency. They list a few gifts they would like to receive, and state employees, then choose to sponsor a family or individual. The program will reach nearly 200 Pennsylvania children this holiday season

The Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small number of employees from the
Department of Human Services. Over the years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees
in numerous departments.

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