Harrisburg, PA – Today, First Lady Frances Wolf joined cabinet members for the 28th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive in Harrisburg, which provides donated gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania.
“I am so proud of the Holiday Wish Program and all the joy it brings to so many seniors, families and children across our commonwealth,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “And I am particularly proud of the state employees who take part in the program each year. It truly shows the dedication and generosity of our state employees and reflects the best values of Pennsylvania – support for our neighbors and care for those among us who are in need.”
Cabinet members from the departments of Human Services, Aging, Transportation, and Labor & Industry joined the National Guard to celebrate, while Santa Claus visited with children from local child care providers.
Volunteer state employees and the Pennsylvania National Guard loaded wrapped gifts into military vehicles and delivered them to participating county assistance offices for distribution to the families and individuals.
The families and older adults sponsored for the event were identified through case workers at county assistance offices, a senior citizen complex serving older adults in need, and a community action agency. They list a few gifts they would like to receive, and state employees then choose to sponsor a family or individual.
“We work all year to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvanians but the holidays give us the opportunity to see that work in action. Hundreds of Pennsylvania families have so much to look forward to thanks to the generous support we’ve seen from employees around the commonwealth,” Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said. “I am proud to work with people who care this much and I want them to know that we all sincerely appreciate their efforts.”
The Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from DHS. Over the years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees in numerous departments.