- Keeping plastic toys out of landfills by donating them to children in need.
Prior to Winter Break, fourteen District buildings teamed up with Second Chance Toys and collected over 1,200 gently used plastic toys for donation! 1-800-GOT-JUNK? volunteered its resources to transport the District's donations on December 13th to St. Cecilia's in Coatesville and the School District of Philadelphia.
Second Chance Toys rescues and recycles unwanted plastic toys and donates them to organizations that care for children in need. Additionally, by keeping these toys out of our landfills, the donations help the environment, as plastic toys do not biodegrade easily. Thank you to everyone for your worthwhile donations!
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This year the River Vale, NJ First Friends Tuesday 1-2 year old and Friday 4-5 year old, Mommy and Me group decided to run a toy drive. The moms made the donating process a great learning experience and taught their little ones how to make a difference in another child’s life that is less fortunate. The First Friends Friday’s 4-5 year old group, Tuesday’s 1-2 years old group and some people from their community donated a total of 355 gently used toys of their own or purchased new toys to make another child smile and BELIEVE in magical holidays. It took 5 cars to deliver 355 toys to Bergen Childcare Development Head Start program and a local Church in Hackensack, NJ. The children learned how to make another child’s holiday extra magical. Thanks to Second Chance Toys for connecting the group to the Head Start program and the Church in Hackensack, NJ.
It gives us great pleasure to be part of Second Chance Toys. Our second annual toy drive was a great success. Our donations were sent to SCO Family Services. It is so touching to see how many people reached out to help those in need. Choka Lyme would like to thank all participants for their efforts, as we put smiles on the face of children for the holiday season. Thank you Second Chance Toys for making this possible, and letting us be part of your family.
Girl Scout Daisy Troop #2307 of Riverhead has really worked hard over the past couple of weeks organizing, and cleaning used toys. The troop which consists of 12 girls in Kindergarten and 1st grade have donated over 75 used toys to Long Island Child and Development Services Inc. a private, non-profit organization which has several Headstart locations throughout Suffolk County. The toys were donated to the Southampton Headstart in Riverside, NY. The Headstart center has a population of 104 students from low-income families. The toy donation has given the girls a great experience. They have learned to recycle, give back to there local community, and help bring a smile to child who is less fortunate.
Thanks Second Chance Toys!!!
Good Afternoon Second Chance Toys,
On behalf of the children at Harmony House Early Learning Center, I wish to express our sincere gratitude for your continued generosity in making every holiday season a memorable one for our children and their families. We pray for abundant blessings on you for putting a smile on the faces of our children. We will always remain grateful for your kind gestures. Thank you and remain blessed.
Sister Maurice Liguori Okoroji
Syndi and Justin of Kings Park on Long Island went through their games and toys and came up with quite a bit of plastic toys to donate. Almost everything was in perfect condition. They wanted these toys to go to those children less fortunate, and they wanted these children to experience joy in playing with them that they did. My two children and I searched the internet and came across Second Chance Toys. We were put in contact with Family Service League of Huntington, Long Island. The organization was very happy to receive our generous donation. We hope that these toys will make other children's holiday more special.
Thank you again Second Chance Toys!
Kim, Syndi, Justin
Kim, Syndi, Justin
The folks at Community Closet were most thankful for the donation of Second Chance Toys from Tashua Elementary School. At the donation, it was clear that they were in need of toys and that the donation of gently used plastic toys was going to make a real difference for the children. You could see the expression of delight across the faces of many of the volunteers there, as we brought in the toys. Karen, the director at Community Closet, was most thankful for the generosity of our school each year.
Dan Scharch and Terrence Butler of 1-800-Got-Junk? volunteered their time and resources to transport Second Chance Toys collected from Evergreen School and the JCC, both of Scotch Plains, NJ. Shown here are Dan and Terrence unloading one of three truckloads of gently used plastic toys to be distributed to all the children at New Community's transitional living facility in Newark, NJ.
Daisy Troop 2343 from Massapequa, donated 24 like-new toys from among themselves to Second Chance Toys last week. The Troop of 1st graders is learning about giving of themselves to help others. They donated their own toys and/or toys from other family members. The girls were very excited to participate and spread Christmas joy to other children who might not have received anything otherwise.
Not so Silent Ranks, McGuire Air Force Base military spouses group, was so excited about the opportunity to team with Second Chance Toys and the House of God ministry in Delran, NJ in hopes to share our gently used toys with children in need. With the help of our local military community we were able to donate far more than we anticipated, over 100 toys. A big thank you to Second Chance Toys for connecting our group to this ministry, so that children were blessed, and landfills given a rest.
Pictured L to R: Gwen Pullen, head of the pantry and Kate Morton, one of the many from Not so Silent Ranks.
For the first time, Phelps Luck Elementary School teamed up with Second Chance toys to collect approximately 200 gently used toys. Although they were not able to hold the drive during Earth Week, recycling was on the minds of Laura Shucosky and Therese Cooper of Phelps Luck Elementary School, who organized the school-wide event. Donations of the gently used toys were given to the YMCA in Ellicott City, Maryland (The Dancel Family Center). Kirsten Eads, the program director of the Dancel Family Center, was grateful to receive such nice toys to help the children at the YMCA. 1-800-Got-Junk? also volunteered its resources to transport the donations on Friday June, 3rd to the YMCA. Thanks again to Phelps Luck Elementary and 1-800-Got-Junk?.
Second Chance Toys with the assistance of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (http://www.1800gotjunk.com), has taken advantage of global partnership opportunities and set up their first outposts outside the northeast United States…in Australia! Sydney and Melbourne, specifically.
Since their inception, Second Chance Toys, in partnership with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, has rescued over 75,000 used plastic toys from the landfill, delivering them into the hands of deserving children in disadvantaged situations.
“We’ve been fortunate to partner with Second Chance Toys for several years, and have been happy to leverage our presence in cities across the world to help them grow.” states Drew Trautman, a New Jersey-based 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Franchise Partner. “We will continue to work with them on expanding into new areas, and to help them rescue toys for a second life with deserving kids.”
The charity, which started in New Jersey in 2006, has taken the ‘reuse’ principle to heart and partners with various organizations to assist in collecting and donating toys that might otherwise go straight to the landfill. Together, these partners have been brightening the lives of local children with an eye to environmental responsibility.
“With people always making room for new toys, we see lots of perfectly good toys put out on the curb,” stated Bronna Lipton, Director of Second Chance Toys. “We take advantage of this opportunity to keep them out of the landfills and put them into the hands of the children that need them most.”
1-800-GOT-JUNK? has committed to using their international reach to assist Second Chance Toys grow and expand their service areas, delivery joy to children across the world by way of salvaged toys.
After a successful Earth Week drive in April, Second Chance Toys and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will be gearing up for the 2011 holiday season.
As a result of a generous grant from Kohl's, Second Chance Toys has hired a web design firm to take our wesite to the next level. This will include a whole new look, a host of downloadable resources as well as a clearinghouse 'engine' to facilitate connections between recipient organizations, toy collections programs, and individual toy donors. Stay tuned for more information coming soon, all in time for our year-end Holiday toy drive.
The week prior to Spring Break, students at Beaver Creek, Pickering Valley, Shamona Creek, Springton Manor, Uwchlan Hills and West Bradford Elementary Schools and the Central Office of Downingtown School District teamed up with Second Chance Toys of PA and collected over 1,000 gently used plastic toys. 1-800-Got-Junk? volunteered its resources to transport the District's donations on Thursday April 14th to three head start programs in Coatesville. Thanks for the great job, everyone!
First grade Teacher Kaity Barnes and students from Pickering Valley Elementary
MOMs Club of Moorestown was so happy to take part in the Second Chance Toys Earth Day Collection. We delivered our toys to Gwen Pullen, Outreach Coordinator, House of God Church in Delran, NJ on April 29th. Gwen planned a Community Day with approximately 20 invited families where the donated toys would find great homes and help our environment by keeping plastic out of landfills!
The MOMS Club® of Moorestown is a local chapter of the International MOMS Club®, a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization serving the needs of stay-at-home and part-time working moms. We draw members from a number of towns in the area surrounding Moorestown, including Cinnaminson, Delran, Palmyra, Riverton, and Riverside, NJ. Our Club goals are to provide a support group for mothers who choose to stay home to raise their children, to provide a forum for topics of interest to mothers, to help children in the community, and to perform regular service projects to benefit needy children and families.
MOMs Club of Moorestown appreciates the efforts of Second Chance Toys !
Second Chance Toys continues to reach new milestones and recently exceeded the 75,000 mark in plastic toys donated to children in need. BIG thanks to Kohl's, 1-800-Got-Junk?, New York Kids Club, Campbell's Carpet, and all the families, schools and community groups that held toy drives. Together we are really making a difference in helping kids and our environment.
Our goal it to reach the 100,000 toy donation milestone later this year. And with your help we know we can do it.
Second Chance Toys of Sydney recently donated toys to this MyTime parent support group that meet at Canley Vale Leisure Centre in Sydney's West each week. MyTime groups provide local support for parents and anyone caring for a young child with a disability or chronic medical condition. Parents can socialise and share ideas and the children have fun with some wonderful toys.
Sayville.com 4/27/11 - Last January, when 6th Grader Luke Kleppan’s mother, Rosann, told him about a Newsday article she’d read entitled “Toys Get Another Turn to Thrill Kids”, Luke’s reaction was, “I want to do that!”
The January 18th article by Jennifer Barrios talked about “Second Chance Toys”, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization that keeps plastic toys out of landfills and distributes them to needy children. “I think this is really good because it’s a win-win situation. It takes toys out of landfills and puts them into children’s hands,” Luke said.
Luke’s parish, The Church of the Good Shepherd in Holbrook, generously allowed him to hold the toy drive there. He created a flyer to pass among the church members asking for clean plastic toys with no missing parts, new batteries sizes AA to D and disinfecting wipes. The congregation responded with over two hundred toys, packages of batteries and cartons of wipes which were stored in the church basement. That’s where I met the crew consisting of family and friends. “We’re cleaning, assorting and making sure they all work. We’re putting fresh batteries in (the toys) to make sure they’re ready to go when the child gets them. We also check the consumer protection recall list to be sure they are safe,” Rosann told me.
“We called organizations to find who needed the toys. Matthew, the recreation and education director of The HELP Suffolk in Bellport – a homeless shelter, was happy to get the toys. He said there were about 175 kids there,” Rosann explained.
“We spent about 50 hours planning, collecting, cleaning and organizing,” Luke said.
The Kleppan’s Auntie Ann was there to help. “I’m very proud of Luke for doing this and I’m happy to lend a helping hand.”
Friend and fellow church-goer, Maria Pavek, was “glad to be of help (and to give many toys!) I believe this inspires others and my son, Cortland, to do similar things.”
Rosann told me that “right now we have about 250 toys. Some of them are brand new, still in the original wrapping.”
According to the Sayville Middle School, students are encouraged to do a minimum of seven hours community service a year. Those who surpass 50 hours are presented with a presidential recognition certificate of community service. I think Luke Kleppan, with the help of his crew, has reached that lofty goal and has made us all proud!
Tom Roselli accepts a Certificate of Appreciation from Craig Scott, Second Chance Toys, after hundreds of gently used plastic toys are readied for their journey to their new homes. These toys were saved from being thrown away in our landfills. Now they will have a second chance to be played with and loved again!
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Nearly one thousand toys were delivered to New Community Corp. programs throughout Newark including New Community Harmony House, family housing units, Youth Department, Community Hills Early Learning Center, and the Hispanic Development Corp. In just one hour, students from Evergreen and Brunner Schools in Scotch Plains, as well as Tamaques School in Westfield, collected hundreds of their “gently loved” toys. Toys were delivered to New Community Corp by 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisee owner, Drew Trautman, who volunteered his truck and manpower to make this delivery, of so many toys, a possibility. Hours later, these toys that could have been headed for the landfill, were enjoyed by children at New Community Harmony House.
Carl Bour, district manager, and Dawn Shope, team captain proudly display a Certificate of Appreciation before loading up the gently used plastic toys. Soon after, members of Dauphin County Social Services help unload over 1,000 Second Chance Toys in bucket brigade fashion! Dauphin County director, Sue Coehick (middle) and Marjorie Ebersole, along with 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisee David Wise were sure to test out the toys before distributing to deserving children!
Toys are being loaded up at the Kohl’s Mantua store to begin their journey to Tri County Head Starts in the area. On hand were the Mayor, (center) and Vincent Fabrizio, district manager, with Bronna Lipton, Second Chance Toys, to enjoy the Kohl’s National Go Green Event celebration. Children at Paulsboro Head Start can’t wait to dig in and play with the colorful plastic toys delivered that same day!
Kohl’s Cares Associates in Action show off some of the toys they collected before loading up the 1-800-Got-Junk? truck for delivery to Burlington County Head Starts. Kohl’s team members receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Second Chance Toys for their dedication to helping children and the environment. Shortly after, one of 6 truckloads of toys donated by Kohl’s associates were delivered to 9 organizations in NJ, PA and DE. Matt McGlaughlin, 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisee, shows off some of the good-as-new toys being delivered to Burlington County Head Start and its 5 other centers.
Second Chance Toys was honored this year to partner with Kohl’s on their National Go Green Event. Through the Kohl’s Cares Associates in Action program, volunteers collect gently used plastic toys, cleaned them, and tagged them with messages. A total of 57 Kohl’s stores participated and over 6,000 toys were donated. Our partners at 1-800-Got-Junk? volunteered their resources to deliver toys to organizations in NJ, PA and DE.
Help make a difference in the lives of NYC children. Bring your clean, gently used plastic toys to any one of six New York Kids Club location throughTuesday, April 26th. The toys will be distributed to homeless children throughout the city.
- 601 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
- 169 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
- 219 East 67th Street, Manhattan
- 38 East 22nd Street, Manhattan
- 393 South End Avenue, Manhattan
- 182 Henry Street, Brooklyn
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New York Kid's Club: 601 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City
New York Kid's Club: 169 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City
New York Kid's Club: 219 East 67th Street, New York City
New York Kid's Club: 38 East 22nd Street, New York City
New York Kid's Club: 393 South End Avenue, New York City
New York Kid's Club: 182 Henry Street, Brooklyn
These great quality toys were donated and delivered to a new group in the St George area of Sydney setting up a Mobile Toy Library. These toys will be very much in demand and with our new donations from Toy Drives through local Primary Schools; we look forward to being able to deliver many more good quality plastic toys to children in need.
The founder from Second Chance Toys of Sydney has gotton her two sons involved, both of whom are pictured with some fantastic plastic toys donated by individuals for distribution to organizations needing toys for children. The toys have since been delivered to a new playgroup started by the South-East Area Health Service for Aboriginal children in Southern Sydney.
We are absolutely trilled to have Rebekah Sills Lamm join the Second Chance Toys team to help us focus on areas of growth and development. Rebekah has worked in the non-profit world since completing graduate school in 2007, specifically in education. She has served as a community trainer, youth advocate, and community liaison, which makes Second Chance Toy (SCT) a perfect fit for her passions and her background. Rebekah loves the dual giving aspect of SCT allowing people to help the environment and children simultaneously. She looks forward to helping SCT grow into a national organization and reach its amazing potential.
We're really excited to have you as part of our SCT team Rebekah!!
Christ Church Nursery School (CCNS) in Short Hills and the Parents Association of CCNS (PACCNS) worked diligently, despite a couple of snow storms, to collect hundreds of gently used plastic toys for those in need. Everything from ride-ons to educational toys were gathered, sorted and checked for working batteries. About 750 toys were donated to New Community Corp. and St Rose of Lima in Newark, NJ. It took a large truck to haul it all to the over 1300 families they serve! Thank you to all who participated. Pictured with the some of the many toys collected are PACCNS co-chairs Ali Seeger (left) and Kim Sleeman (right) and in the center, Madge Wilson, Management Administrator for New Community Corp.
Do you KNOW ANYONE that would like to put their smarts to use by getting involved with us as a volunteer. Second Chance Toys is a 501c3 charitable organization that recycles gently used plastic toys by donating them to children in need. We are looking for volunteers who could help out with any of the following areas of need:
Thanks in advance for passing this along to anyone who might be interested in getting involved and working with an organization that has children and the environment as their mission. They should please get in touch with Bronna at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to discuss.
Martina Nuñez, program coordinator for New Community Corporation’s Hispanic Development Corp. in Newark, displays some of the toys that were picked up from the JCC in Scotch Plains, New Jersey during the toy drive sponsored on Jan 17th by Second Chance Toys. A representative of the corporation was able to pick up approximately 200 toys that will be distributed to local families. “We are so grateful to Second Chance Toys for reaching out to us about the available toys,” Nuñez said. “They are going to make a lot of children very happy!”
New Community’s Hispanic Development Corp. in Newark, NJ received over 200 gently used plastic toys from a collection conducted at the JCC in Scotch Plains to commemorate a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The organization is thrilled about the donation and the wide variety. Not only did they have enough for Hispanic Development, but they plan to share some with New Community’s two early learning centers.