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Holiday Toy Drive

November 24, 2023 – December 17, 2023

Holiday Toy Drive

BOGO Daytime Admission for Anyone Who Donates.

Donate a toy or children's book from November 24 through December 17, 2023 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" daytime admission to Eastern State Penitentiary.

One in 28 American children has a parent behind bars. In Pennsylvania alone, there are approximately 81,000 children with a parent incarcerated in a Pennsylvania state prison. How can we come together as a community to support families experiencing incarceration during the holidays?

From November 24 through December 17, any Eastern State visitor who donates a new toy or children's book, in its original packaging (but please no gift wrap), will receive a coupon for BOGO Daytime Admission valid through December 31, 2025. BOGO coupons are not valid for private tours or special events like Night Tours or Halloween Nights.

Eastern State Penitentiary will collect the donations and partner with more than a dozen community organizations to distribute them to local children who have been impacted by incarceration.

Donations of toys and books that support children’s imaginations, literacy skills, self-esteem, and creativity at any age are recommended. People may drop off donations during all hours of operation even if they are not planning to enter the site. Items can also be purchased online and shipped directly to the penitentiary:

ATTN: Toy Drive
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Thank you in advance for helping us spread holiday cheer this season!

2023 Holiday Toy Drive Partners:

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