Today the 29th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive got underway in Harrisburg.
Representatives from the departments of Aging, Human Services, and Labor and Industry and the Pennsylvania National Guard participate The program provides donated gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania. 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 by caseworkers at county assistance offices. Holiday Wish families selected a few gifts they need or would like to receive, and state employees sponsor a family or individual.
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 several departments, allowing the program to reach 900 individuals around Pennsylvania this holiday season.