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November 14, 2019 - Harrisubrg, PA

L&I Donates 900 Stuffed Toys to Pennsylvania Children

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today donated 900 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the commonwealth's 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive.

Under state law, L&I’s Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety must inspect all new stuffed toy samples for contents, choking hazards, and general safety. Toys that pass inspection get a registration number, which is on every stuffed toy sold in the state.Because of this process, the department accumulates hundreds of toy samples each year. In the past four years, L&I has donated nearly 2,500 toys to the Holiday Wish Program.

"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," said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. "The Holiday Wish program 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."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_01.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Employees from the Department of Labor and Industry gather 900 toys for donation in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. These toys passed safety inspections and will be given to the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_02.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jamie Kopko, from the Department of Labor and Industry, analyzes a stuffed moose ahead of the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_03.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety inspects stuffed toy samples for safety issues, including choking hazards, in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_04.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Christina Slaybaugh (left) and Jamie Kopko (right), from the Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety, inspect stuffed animals before adding them to the donation pile, in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_05.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jamie Kopko (left) and Christina Slaybaugh (right), from the Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety, inspect stuffed animals before adding them to the donation pile, in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_06.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Over 900 toys passed safety inspections and will be given to the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_07.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Labor and Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak looks at toys that will be given to the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_08.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Labor and Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak looks at toys that will be given to the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_09.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Labor and Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak talks about the importance of the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_10.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Matthew Kegg, Director for the Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety, discusses inspecting all new stuffed toy samples for contents, choking hazards, and general safety, in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_11.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Employees from the Department of Labor and Industry gather 900 toys for donation in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. These toys passed safety inspections and will be given to the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_12.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Over 900 toys passed safety inspections and will be given to the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_13.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Over 900 toys passed safety inspections and will be given to the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/17589_LandI_TOY_DONATION_CZ_14.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Labor and Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak talks about the importance of the commonwealths 30th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive in Harrisburg on November 14, 2019.