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Labor Department Employees Kick-off 19th Annual IT Holiday Toy Drive

For immediate release
November 17, 2009

WETHERSFIELD,  Now in its 19th year, employees in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Information Technology unit are once again working with the Salvation Army of Greater Hartford to sponsor the annual toy drive. 

The event was originally started by employees who wanted to help spread a little extra spirit of the season to young people living in the Hartford area who might otherwise have to do without. 

The project, conducted at the Labor Department’s Central Office located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, began this week and will continue through Dec. 11, according to State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield.

According to Mayfield, employees can bring in new, unwrapped toys, or make donations via cash or check. The Salvation Army will use the money to buy whatever toys are needed.

“Our IT Toy drive has become a holiday tradition in this agency,” Commissioner Mayfield said. “Our employees are always so willing to reach out and help make the holiday season a little happier for the young people who live in the area. It’s always gratifying to see the generosity of our employees, and this year, especially, with the sluggish economy, we expect the need to be even greater than in past years.”

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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