Barbara Martins-Achiello is providing much needed support, enabling Second Chance Toys to rescue a growing number of plastic toys to help reach more disadvantaged children. Here is her story which we hope will inspire others to offer much needed volunteer support.
My name is Barbara Martins-Archiello. I am a married mother of 2 girls from Toms River, NJ. Last holiday season I was looking to make room for new toys, and realized that I had a lot of toys that were practically new but my girls just weren't interested in them anymore. And since most of my friends have boys, I really could not give them all of my pink stuff. So I started to look for women's shelters or children's organizations in my area to donate them to, but I quickly found out that they would only accept new toys in the original packaging. I was going to store them in my garage for the spring and arrange for a yard sale but then I came across the Second Chance Toys website. After reading about the organization and how it started and looking at all of the pictures of less fortunate kids holding their "new" toys, it really inspired me not only to donate my toys to them but also to get involved in helping this great organization. I really believe in recycling to help the environment and I also really believe in helping others less fortunate. Therefore this was the perfect organization for me to get involved in.
Thanks to Barbara for helping us make a difference!!