November 24, 2023 – December 21, 2023
Holiday Toy Drive
BOGO Daytime Tour Admission for Anyone Who Donates.
Donate a toy or children's book from November 24 through December 21, 2023 in exchange for "Buy One, Get One Free" daytime tour 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 21, 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 Tour 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 public tour hours even if they are not planning to take a tour. 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!
2022 Holiday Toy Drive Partners:
Check back soon for our 2023 partner list!
- Ardella's House
- Cecil B Moore Recreation Center
- Frontline Dads
- Institute for Community Justice
- Mothers In Charge
- Mural Arts Philadelphia
- Northwest Victim Services
- PAR-Recycle Works
- Philadelphia Department of Prisons
- Prince Hall Philadelphia - Phoenix Lodge #3
- Sisters Returning Home
- TCRC Community Healing Center
- Temple University Department of Criminal Justice
- Village of Arts & Humanities
- Why Not Prosper