Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Eastern State Penitentiary is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. We're unable to accept Holiday Toy Drive donations at the penitentiary this year, but our partners still need your help to spread some holiday cheer!
Several local organizations are collecting gifts for children who have a currently or recently incarcerated parent. From November 30 through December 20, donate a new toy or children's book in its original packaging (but please no gift wrap).
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Join us for a discussion with Shuja Moore, creator and executive producer of the docuseries “Walkies” alongside Sydia Bagley, founder and CEO of Locked Down Love, a community-based program aiding returning citizens. We’ll discuss the creation and production of “Walkies” and view clips from past and upcoming episodes.
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Throughout the penitentiary’s history, people incarcerated at Eastern State made toys, such as doll clothes, chess sets, miniature cutlery, wooden figurines, model ships, and piggy banks. When the prison was operational, Eastern State’s entrance even featured a small store in which the toys and trinkets were displayed and sold.