First, I want to say I am so glad to have gotten involved with Second Chance Toys. While searching for a place to donate my own gently used toys, I came across the website and was inspired by the story of how this organization came to be. This was my first volunteer effort since being a stay at home mom for the past 3 years and it was a very rewarding experience.
I have to thank Greenwich Nursery School and Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church for helping distribute flyers and allow me to use their lot as the toy collection site. After sorting through all of the toys that people brought, I ended up with approximately 45 to 50 that were in great condition. There were quite a few more received that did not meet the requirements and in my opinion, were too old, dirty, and battered looking with missing pieces to accept for donation.
I cleaned, sanitized, and bagged all of the toys and delivered them to Investors Savings Bank in Clinton on April 21st where they were very appreciative and a great pleasure to deal with. I was sad to see they had only received one toy by that time, so I felt so good about my collection. All in all, I think it was a huge success for me personally and for Second Chance Toys. I think it is wonderful that these toys are going to end up in the hands of less fortunate children who will truly appreciate them, but we kept a lot of plastic out of the landfills as well.
Thanks again for inspiring me to get involved and please keep me in mind for any future volunteer opportunities. This was truly a wonderful experience and I look forward to doing more with Second Chance Toys in the future.