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Connecticut Safety Society Members Conducting 18th Annual Stuffed Animal Drive

For immediate release
December 4, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, 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 joy.

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.

According to 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.

Connecticut Safety 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 happier holiday.”   

Those interested in contributing stuffed animals to the drive can contact Thompson at (860) 263-6927.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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