Holiday Toy Drive!

FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice partners with Eastern State Penitentiary to provide toys for children of our incarcerated participants.

Donate a toy December 10 – 15 in exchange for “Buy One, Get One Free” admission to ESP.

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One in 28 American kids has a parent behind bars. This holiday season, an estimated 30,000 children in Philadelphia will be without a parent because of incarceration. Every year, FIGHT’s Institute for Community Justice hosts a winter holiday party for the children of our incarcerated or recently released participants.

This year, ICJ is thrilled to be partnering with Eastern State Penitentiary to collect gifts. From Tuesday, December 10 through Sunday, December 15, any Eastern State visitor who donates a new toy or children’s book, in its original packaging (but please no gift wrap), will be granted a second admission free of charge. Visitors can donate new toys or children’s books at Eastern State during public hours, even if they are not planning to take a tour. The BOGO offer ends December 15, but the historic site will keep collecting through January 1.

Please feel free to donate new toys or children’s books at Eastern State during public hours, even if you’re not planning to take a tour. Thank you in advance for helping us spread holiday cheer this season!

About Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard tours. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of its convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.

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