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November 18, 2020 - Harrisburg, PA

L&I Donates 700 Stuffed Toys to Pennsylvania Children

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated 700 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives this holiday season. Video and photos of L&I's Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety (BOIS) staff sorting and donating the toys are available at PAcast.com.

Under state law, L&I's BOIS 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 five years, L&I has donated nearly 3,200 toys to holiday gift drives.

"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. "Partnering with Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls 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/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Toys to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left employees from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I); Christina Slaybaugh, manager of Accreditation, Certification & Licensing Division; Evelyn Madenford, administrative officer for the Accreditation, Certification & Licensing Division; Secretary Jerry Oleksiak; and Matt Kegg, director for the Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety check the integrity of toys, to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak holds up a toy resembling a baby Yoda, but is referred to as The Child, while sorting toys to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, checks the integrity of toys, to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Toys to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, left, and Matt Kegg, director for the Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety within the PA Dept. of L&I check the integrity of toys, to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Dept. of L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, checks the integrity of toys, to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left employees from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I); Christina Slaybaugh, manager of Accreditation, Certification & Licensing Division; Evelyn Madenford, administrative officer for the Accreditation, Certification & Licensing Division, check the integrity of toys, to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18404_LI_Stuffed_Toys_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Toys to be donated to the Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Life for Girls gift drives, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.