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November 23, 2021 - Harrisburg, PA

L&I Donates 600 Stuffed Toys to Pennsylvania Children

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) today donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.

Under state law, L&I 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 Jennifer Berrier. "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 Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from the Department of Human Services. Over the years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees in numerous departments.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_01.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier holding a stuffed toy.  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_02.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_03.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_04.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier placing a stuffed toy on the pile after checking it.  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_05.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Director for the Bureau of Occupational & Industrial Safety, Matthew Kegg, inspects stuffed toys.  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_06.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Director for the Bureau of Occupational & Industrial Safety, Matthew Kegg, inspects stuffed toys.  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_07.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Secrtary Berrier and Matthew Kegg inspect stuffed toys.  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_08.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_09.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Director for the Bureau of Occupational & Industrial Safety, Matthew Kegg, inspects stuffed toys.  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/20271_LI_StuffedToyDrive2021_AG_10.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd annual Holiday Wish program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope Ministries gift drives this holiday season.  November 23, 2021.  Harrisburg, PA.