Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announced today that 669 stuffed toys that passed safety inspections were donated to the commonwealth’s 29th annual Holiday Wish program gift drive.
Under state law, the Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety inspects 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. As a result of this process, the department annually accumulates toy samples.
“With all of the stuffed toys that come to our Harrisburg office for inspection, L&I staff consider ourselves part of Santa’s workshop,” said Secretary Jerry Oleksiak, Department of Labor & Industry. “The Holiday Wish program offers the department 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.”
Hundreds of employees across multiple state agencies support the Holiday Wish program. Started in 1989, the program will reach 900 Pennsylvanians this holiday season.
The Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety administers and enforces safety standards related to a variety of products including, but not limited to: boilers, building construction (Uniform Construction Code), elevators, flammable and combustible liquids, and bedding and upholstery, in addition to stuffed toys.