Eastern State Penitentiary holds annual toy drive

John McDevitt
December 05, 2018 - 4:05 pm
A toy drive for area kids with incarcerated parents is being held for a sixth year at a Philadelphia historic site that used to be a prison.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A toy drive for area kids with incarcerated parents is being held for a sixth year at a Philadelphia historic site that used to be a prison. 

The mission of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Fairmount is to connect the building to what is going on in the current criminal justice system.

There are 81,000 kids in Pennsylvania alone whose parents are incarcerated, so to brighten the holidays for the children, a toy drive is held. 

A toy drive for area kids with incarcerated parents is being held for a sixth year at a Philadelphia historic site that used to be a prison.
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"A lot of people give us toys not even planning to take a tour of the historic site. People just go on to Amazon and mail toys right to the site," said Sean Kelly, Senior Vice President of Eastern State. "We got hundreds of toys form Amazon last year from people not even from this region and not wanting to tour Eastern State Penitentiary, but just wanting to feel good about themselves and wanting to make the world a better place for the holidays." 

The toy and book collection takes place at Eastern State Penitentiary through Dec. 21. 

A buy one, get one free tour admission will be offered to those who bring a holiday gift.

For more information, visit https://www.easternstate.org.