L&I donates 600 soft toys to children in Pennsylvania | Connect FM | Local news radio

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) donated nearly 600 plush toys that passed safety inspections to the 32nd Annual Holiday Wish Program, Dauphin County Systems of Care and New Hope ministries gifts this holiday season.

By state law, L&I must inspect all new samples of plush toys for contents, choking hazards, and general safety. Toys that pass inspection are given a registration number, which can be found on every plush toy sold in the state. As a result of this process, the department accumulates hundreds of toy samples every year. Over the past five years, L&I has donated nearly 3,200 toys to holiday gift drives.

“With all the plush toys that come to our Harrisburg office for inspection, L&I staff consider themselves 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 toys that pass inspection, giving toys a good home and bringing joy to children through. Pennsylvania this holiday season. “

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

Families and seniors sponsored for the event were identified through social workers at county welfare offices, a senior citizen complex serving older people in need, and an agency for the elderly. community action. They list a few gifts they would like to receive, and government employees then choose to sponsor a family or an individual. The program will reach nearly 200 children in Pennsylvania this holiday season.

Dauphin County Systems of Care is a collective collection of organizations and individuals who come together to connect people with the services, supports and resources they need to educate, inform and improve their lives. Dauphin County Health Systems collect donated food, household essentials and toys / gifts for children up to 12 years old. They will distribute these items via a holiday celebration dump in a parade of trunks. The program will give a gift to nearly 1,300 children and youth during the holiday season.

New Hope Ministries is a Christian community social service agency that helps low-income families and individuals through crisis assistance centers in Dillsburg, Dover, Enola, Hanover, Littlestown, Mechanicsburg, New Oxford and West Shore. In a typical year, New Hope provides food, shelter, utilities and transportation assistance to 22,000 people from 9,300 different families. New Hope also offers programs for young people to help prepare them for success in school and in life.

L&I administers and enforces safety standards related to a variety of products including, but not limited to, boilers, building construction (Uniform Building Code), elevators, flammable and combustible liquids, bedding and upholstery, in addition to plush toys.

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