Connecticut Safety Society Members Conducting
18th Annual Stuffed Animal Drive
For immediate release
December 4, 2008
Members of the Connecticut Safety Society have launched their 18th Annual
Stuffed Animal Drive, and hope to send some warm and fuzzy holiday greetings to
Hartford-area youngsters who might otherwise miss out on much of the season's
Members of the
group. comprised of employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor's Safety
and Health Division (CONN-OSHA), federal OSHA’s offices in Hartford and
Bridgeport, and safety and health professionals from private industry, will be
collecting the toys through Dec. 12.
"Each of our
members will bring a stuffed toy to our annual Connecticut Safety Society
holiday party, and Connecticut Department of Labor employees also organize a
yearly collection for us,” explains Aaron Thompson of CONN-OSHA.
Thompson, who is a board member of the group and past president, the
organization exceeded its previous collection efforts during the last holiday
season, “and this year we’re hoping for our best effort yet.” Thompson noted
that donations this year have totaled more than 100 stuffed toys, including
several over-sized dogs, cuddly kittens, some fuzzy bunnies, a large penguin and
even an orangutan.
The public is also
welcome to help out and contribute to the drive, Thompson added. Individuals can
drop off a new stuffed animal on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at CONN-OSHA’s Wethersfield office, located at 38 Wolcott Hill Road.
Society members will transport the stuffed animals over to the Hartford Interval
House one day at lunchtime, and staff there will then put the toys into gift
baskets for distribution to the youngsters for the holidays, Thompson said.
"We look forward to
our stuffed toy drive every year,” he notes. “People are always great about
opening up their hearts and wallets and making this a time to remember for so
many boys and girls who might otherwise miss out. It’s always rewarding to know
that your generosity has gone a long way to help so many youngsters have a
Those interested in
contributing stuffed animals to the drive can contact Thompson at (860)
Media Contact: Nancy
Steffens (860) 263-6535