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November 28, 2017

Toy drive at Eastern State Penitentiary benefits children with incarcerated parents

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Eastern State Penitentiary Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

When construction was completed In 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was the largest and most expensive public structure ever made.

It’s officially #GivingTuesday and Eastern State Penitentiary is offering patrons a chance to give back this December in exchange for a deal on admission to tour the former prison.

Beginning Friday through Christmas Eve, Eastern State will host a toy drive with donations going to local Philadelphia children whose parents are incarcerated. If you arrive with a toy or children’s book in its original packaging (not gift wrapped), you’ll be granted a buy one, get one free admission deal.

Eastern State is partnering with several Philadelphia organizations, including the Institute for Community Justice, Why Not Prosper, the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, and the Center for Returning Citizens.

You can drop a gift donation off and tour Eastern State Penitentiary that day, or deliver the gift and use the BOGO deal during a separate visit. There's also an online delivery option if you choose to order a toy.

Learn more about the drive and December events at the prison here.