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November 21, 2022 - Harrisburg, PA

L&I, DHS Partner to Distribute Hundreds of Stuffed Toys to Pennsylvania Families this Holiday Season

The Pennsylvania departments of Labor & Industry (L&I) and Human Services (DHS) kicked off the holiday season Monday with an annual donation of stuffed toys collected throughout the year by L&Iduring routine inspections and later distributed to Pennsylvania families through DHS'Holiday Wish program.

"We collect these toys throughout the year because it's our job to make sure they're safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season," L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. "I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You won't regret it."

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.

Interview With:
Jennifer Berrier - Secretary of Labor & Industry
Meg Snead - Acting Secretary of the Department of Human Services



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Commonwealth employees wheel bins of toys to be donated on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead helps bag toys inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Hundreds of toys are pictured inside the Labor & Industry Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>PA Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier smiles before bagging toys to be donated to hundreds of Pennsylvania families in need, inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Commonwealth employees wheel bins of toys to be donated on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Hundreds of toys are pictured inside the Labor & Industry Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Penny Myers, with L&I, helps bag toys inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Hundreds of toys are pictured inside the Labor & Industry Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_016.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_017.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Hundreds of toys are pictured inside the Labor & Industry Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_018.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Hundreds of toys are pictured inside the Labor & Industry Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_019.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Hundreds of toys are pictured inside the Labor & Industry Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22342_LI_StuffedToys_NK_020.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier and DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead talk together inside the L&I Building on Monday, November 21, 2022. We collect these toys throughout the year because its our job to make sure theyre safe for all children in Pennsylvania. Donating our annual collection is a special opportunity to spark a little joy for a few of those children each holiday season, L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier said. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to consider their neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who might be struggling this holiday season. If you have a little extra to give this year, get in touch with an organization that collects holiday donations. You wont regret it.