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Connecticut Safety Society Members Conduct 19th Annual Stuffed Toy Drive

For immediate release
December 6, 2010

WETHERSFIELD - Members of the Connecticut Safety Society are sponsoring their 19th Annual Stuffed Animal Drive, and this gives Connecticut residents an excellent opportunity 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 collect the toys through December 10.  

"Each member brings a stuffed toy to our annual Connecticut Safety Society holiday gathering, and Connecticut Department of Labor employees organize a yearly collection to help us out even more,” notes Aaron Thompson of CONN-OSHA, group board member and past president.  “This is the 19th year that the Connecticut Safety Society has conducted the drive and we’re hoping for our best effort yet. Last year, we exceeded our total from the year before, when we collected more than 100 stuffed toys – including several over-sized dogs, cuddly kittens, some fuzzy bunnies, a large penguin and even an orangutan.“ 

According to Thompson, the public is also welcome to help out and contribute to the drive. Individuals can drop off a new stuffed animal between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. week days at CONN-OSHA’s Wethersfield office, located at 38 Wolcott Hill Road. The stuffed animals will be provided to the Hartford Interval House and staff there will place the toys into gift baskets for distribution to the youngsters for the holidays, Thompson said. 

"We look forward to our Stuffed Animal drive every year,” he added. “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 toy drive can contact Thompson at (860) 263-6927.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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