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.
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.
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.
I am passionate about protecting our environment, assisting others in the community that need some extra help and I’m very excited to be starting up Second Chance Toys in Sydney.
Earlier this year I was cleaning out my boys toy cupboards, finding near-new toys stored away that had hardly been played with and wondering what to do with them. Many of these toys were barely used, in great condition and could give kids hours of enjoyment. After handing on some toys to kids of appropriate ages, I was still left with some great toys that were too good to be thrown away.
I spent time researching charities to see if someone would accept used toys and found that a number of charities do but it was my responsibility to get these toys to these organisations. My Husband was convinced that someone in Australia must have a solution to this problem but it appears that so far no one has!
That’s when I came across the website for Second Chance Toys in the USA.
What a fantastic organisation and such a simple idea, to rescue unwanted plastic toys and distribute to children in need through local community organisations, while at the same time, helping the environment.
The wonderful organisers at Second Chance Toys are very happy to assist me in starting up a Sydney affiliation of Second Chance Toys and I will be co-ordinating a couple of toys drives through some local scout groups before Christmas.
I would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in Second Chance Toys Sydney either to donate toys, volunteer or become a sponsor.
For more information about Second Chance Toys Sydney, contact Cheryl Staddon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org