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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!!
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.
Thanks to committed partners like you, Second Chance Toys makes a real difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and our environment. But there's still so much work to be done.
Now, before 2010 ends, won't you please make a special year-end gift to Second Chance Toys?
Your gift supports all the work we do which leads to days of happiness among deserving children and great benefits to our environment – and you will also receive a valuable tax-deduction for 2010.
So please, make your gift to Second Chance Toys now. And if your year-end donation is already on its way... you have our deepest thanks!
Each year, thousands of needy children depend on the love and generosity of their neighbors to help make the holiday a happy one. Many larger, well funded organizations reach out to the community, ask for donations and are able to offer food, clothing, gifts and toys to needy families. Pleas of many smaller organizations are never heard. This year, according to Jocelyn Goldberg, founder of the New York City Chapter of Second Chance Toys, "Many smaller charities that don’t have the resources or manpower to ask for help were able to come to our website and connect with toy drives going on throughout New York City. Drives held at organizations like Rapid Park Garages -- located throughout Manhattan –were able to collect and donate over 2,400 toys to organizations that otherwise would never have been able to connect with them.
This year toys were donated to groups that include:
1-800-GotJunk? donated time and services to transport the toys to each of these organizations.
This year, toys collected by Temple Shaaray Tefila’s Hebrew School program in New York City were donated to the Prospect Family Inn and the Williamsbridge Family Inn – two local centers operated by Homes for the Homeless. More than 200 children will receive a toy as a result of the drive, helping make this December’s holidays extra special. Children enrolled in the daycare programs were given the opportunity to select their toy from under the tree, which was a special event for the centers last Monday afternoon. These centers serve 512 families and more than 600 children every day. According to Margaret Menghini, Program Associate at Homes for the Homeless, toys and play time are extremely important to the positive development of young children. This type of contribution, plus others from community organizations, help us provide our residents with the various items they need to get by on a day-to-day basis. We are truly grateful for our partnership with Second Chance Toys and for the creative way they are recycling plastic toys and help less privileged children in the community”.
I would like to thank every single one of you who donated your children’s toys- and I would especially like to thank all the kids who let them go!
We collected hundreds of toys – on day 2 of the drive I had to stop the tally because I was over 200 already and there were so many more to count. I was, and continue to be blown away by your selflessness. You may think that you were getting rid of some old dust collectors, but you were wrong. What you were really giving was hope. And love. And I will always be so grateful to all of you for that.
The group that was the recipient of your largess is The Guardian Angel Family Crisis Center, a not for profit group of people working to improve the lives of families all over Nassau County. It’s staffed by two social workers Barbara Costello and Elaine Cordova (who are quite gifted in their vocation). They bring many years of social work with them and a tremendous network of 50 social workers involved with the county. When your toys were delivered, social workers came with a list of their most needy families and hand picked “presents” for them. There were so many donations that they were able to host a “toy fair” when they opened their doors and allowed more families from social services to come and select just what they wanted! Everybody was so happy, and the children were delighted. (In fact there was so much, they are doing another pick up next Monday!!)
I know that lately we have all been asked to donate to so many worthwhile causes, and I am so glad and grateful you picked Second Chance Toys, whose mission is to keep plastic toys out of landfills and into the hands of children. Many of the recipients are our neighbors, who because of many factors, now find themselves in desperate need.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
Since its inception in 2001, The New York Kids Club (www.nykidsclub.com) has been providing New York City kids a safe haven to learn, play, have fun and grow. Kids get a chance to swing on gyms, rock climb, play soccer, paint, sing, and cook up their own gourmet dishes while they work off a whole lotta steam. From the Upper West Side down to Brooklyn Heights NYKC’s 6 locations have become a community within the community for children 6 months - 12 years.
An important part of being a community, though, is giving back to the community. Under the visionary leadership of founder Pam Wolf, the New York Kids Club is constantly seeking new ways to get involved. As organizations begin tightening their purse strings in light of the current economic ebb, NYKC has pledged to continue to make charitable contributions and participation a top priority.
This spring, NYKC teamed up with Second Chance Toys to transform the fun into a good and green campaign to support Earth Day. Families rallied by donating their favorite “gently used” plastic toys to kids in the community that aren’t as fortunate.
“This year’s collection was over the top”, according to Jocelyn Goldberg, 15-year old founder of Second Chance Toys’ New York City Chapter. “We collected over 3,600 plastic toys that would have ultimately wound up in city landfills. Instead, they now are getting a second chance to brighten the day of children that really will appreciate them.”
Toys were donated to the Educational Alliance, Association to Benefit Children, and Homes for the Homeless. These organizations work tirelessly to provide shelter and educational programs serving tens of thousands of families in need each year. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? helped bring it all together by transporting toy donations from NYKC to each of the facilities.
With Earth Week drives in full gear, 1-800-Got-Junk? helps make it all happen. With their full fleet of truck teams, they transport thousands of toys from dozens of collection sites to organizations serving needy children. We thank all the Franchise Partners who make it all possible. You are truly helping to make a difference. Both Good and Green!!!
The New York Kids Club (http://www.nykidsclub.com/), New York’s premier children enrichment center renowned for creative and innovative kids classes, day camps and as a place for creative kids birthday party celebrations, will be holding a gently used plastic toy collection in conjunction with Earth Week at 6 city locations from the West side to Brooklyn. Check Out the Locations Here
The New York Kids Club (http://www.nykidsclub.com/), New York’s premier children enrichment center renowned for creative and innovative kids classes, day camps and as a place for creative kids birthday party celebrations, will be holding a gently used plastic toy collection in conjunction with Earth Week. Check back as details will follow shortly.
Jocelyn Goldberg, a 13-year-old Upper East Side student who founded the NY chapter of Second Chance Toys, has organized a citywide toy collection to mark Earth Week and National Child Abuse Month. Second Chance Toys is an organization that recycles gently used plastic toys by donating them to children in need. Schools, religious organizations and businesses throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn have mobilized drives to recycle plastic toys which do not biodegrade and often wind up in city landfills. Donations go to community based organizations serving families in need.
According to Jocelyn, "this drive gives kids a chance to help other kids through a program that focuses on those less fortunate and the environment. In a large city like NY, there can be a great disparity between those that have and those that don't. It is a great lesson for students to get involved and give up something of their own to help others."
Plastic toys are being collected and transported to local charities and community shelters by 1-800-GOT-Junk?, a full service junk removal company which has volunteered its trucks for transport.
Many of the of toys collected this week are being donated to the Prospect Family Support Center, a crisis center for women and children from Abused Families. According to Dona Anderson, Senior Program Associate & Camp Services Coordinator, "Homes for the Homeless provides early on-site childcare and childhood education to over 100 young homeless children every day. National Child Abuse Month is a special time of year that acknowledges the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all its forms". For more information on Homes for the Homeless programs and services please go to go to http://www.homesforthehomeless.com/
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Second Chance Toys with be conducting a city-wide plastic toys drive fo Earth Week to culminate at the Go Green Expo in New York City. For more information on the Expo go to www.gogreenexpo.com
This week, Second Chance Toys came to New York's Lower East Side with a bounty of toys for The Educational Alliance and its Head Start Program. These gently used plastic toys, most certainly destined for a land fill, have now found a new home. The Educational Alliance is one of the first settlement houses on the Lower East Side. It is a community-based organization offering a wide range of programs that integrate education, social services, arts and recreation throughout Downtown Manhattan. Originally founded to help Eastern European Jews assimilate into American society, it has proven to be an important stepping stone for all that have begun their American journey in Downtown Manhattan. The Educational Alliance now has 80 programs at 32 sites.To help make this all possible, 1-800-GOT-Junk? provides pick-up and transportation from drop-off locations to organizations like The Educational Alliance.
It’s a blessing that in this economy many are still remembering the less fortunate and are giving generously to make certain Christmas is a wonderful holiday for needy children.
Thanks to staffers at InterContinental/The Barclay New York Hotel, this year’s Second Chance Toys’ New York City toy drive was a major success. According to Jocelyn Goldberg, founder of the Second Chance Toys of NYC chapter, “Without their help, this could have been a bleak holiday season for youngsters living in many of the city’s homeless family shelters."
Proceeds from the drive went to Metro Hotel family homeless shelter in Elmhurst, NY. Although, toys were not scheduled to be given out until Christmas, some youngsters got a sneak preview of the bounty of gifts last Monday.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? generously supplied transportation to make sure no toys were left behind and that each made it to the Metro Hotel family shelter in time for Christmas.
Marks Paneth & Shron LLP rallied to bring much needed toys to less fortunate New Yorkers this holiday season. MP&S partnered with Second Chance Toys to run their 2008 toy drive. HR Staffers Anne Marshall and Jessica Helf rallied the troops by setting aggressive goals, reminder emails and creating a strong commitment to keeping the giving spirit alive. The result? MP&S employees collected a total of 134 used and new toys!
MP&S, whose origins date back to 1907, is the 28th largest accounting firm in the U.S., and the 15th largest in the New York area. The company, headquarters in Manhattan, has over 500 employees with additional offices in Westchester, Long Island and the Cayman Islands.
Despite a continuing drone of bad economic news and job losses, New Yorkers on the Upper East Side turned out in droves to support Second Chance Toys’ holiday toy drive.
With the help of Glenwood Management, builder, owner and operator of more than 20 luxury apartment buildings, and Agata & Valentina, purveyor of gourmet & specialty foods, the UES neighborhood came to life this week.
Second Chance Toys rescued nearly 150 gently used plastic toys that most certainly would otherwise have been destined for a local landfill. Instead, these toys are being recycled through donations to disadvantaged families. Organizations like Homes for the Homeless, which provides shelter for needy families at 5 NYC locations, is finding a second chance for these non-biodegradable plastics and bringing joy & happiness to needy families at the holidays.
According to Jocelyn Goldberg, founder of the Second Chance Toys’ NYC chapter, "It's touching to see young kids offering up their favorite toys to children they know need them more."
Later this month, big business steps up too with toy drives at Intercontinental Hotels Barclay NY location and Marks Paneth & Shron LLP -- a 500 person regional Accounting & Professional Services firm. These drives are being integrated into this year’s holiday celebrations in an effort to give back to the community. 1-800-Got-Junk? will provide transportation for donations and deliver toys to their new homes in the NY City area.
Second Chance Toys is bringing the joy of the holidays to over 1,000 homeless children with its first Thanksgiving toy drive on New York’s Upper East Side. Proceeds will be donated to Homes for the Homeless serving over 500 homeless families each day at four locations throughout the city. Homes for the Homeless is the nation's largest provider of residential, education and employment training centers. Jocelyn Goldberg, 13-year old behind Second Chance Toys of NYC, recruited classmates from her school and their families to run drives at each of their own apartment buildings in the neighborhood. Jocelyn says, “ I am thrilled to bring cheer to less privileged families and to do something special that will put the “giving” back into Thanksgiving. I know plastic toys eventually find their way into landfills. Recycling is good for the environment and it helps preserve our planet.” To find a new home for your gently used plastic toys, contact Jocelyn at JocelynSCT@nyc.rr.com.
In celebration of Earth Day, Second Chance Toys of NYC held its first toy drive in a 45 story high rise on the Upper East Side. “They say, charity begins at home, so I decided to reach out to my neighbors and ask for their help” according to Jocelyn Goldberg, founder of the NYC chapter. The 350-unit building houses more than 100 families with children of all ages. We went door-to-door and collected over 85 plastic toys, many of which were in perfect condition and destined for the scrap heap. “Why not give them a second chance with children who could really use them.’’ Toys are being donated to Homes for the Homeless in the South Bronx. HFH shelters over 630 homeless families with more than 1,200 children each day at five separate sites across New York City. They provide education, shelter, and training to assist parents and children on their way to long-term stability. For more information on Second Chance Toys or to donate your gently used plastic toys you can reach Jocelyn by emailing her at JocelynSCT@nyc.rr.com
First NYC Affiliate Launched by Jocelyn Goldberg
Community service and “giving back” came to life for Jocelyn Goldberg a 7th-Grade Upper East-Sider last winter on a journey to Israel to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of a close family friend. Traveling together with a group of 12 families (60 in total), Jocelyn had the opportunity to visit the birthplace of her ancestors and learn Israel’s magnificent history. Instrumental to her trip was learning about charity and the real meaning of “mitzvah” -- a Hebrew word that has come to express the act of human kindness. While there, Jocelyn helped raise money for orphans at Yeshiva Kiryat Arba in the holy city of Hebron in the West bank near the Jordanian border. She also helped prepare lunch for over 350 poor and homeless in Jerusalem at the Hazon Yeshaya Soup Kitchen. The trip kindled a passion for reaching out and helping the needy which she brought home with her to New York City.
Now, Jocelyn is turning 13 and has chosen Second Chance Toys as a way she can do a mitzvah for under privileged children. By establishing the NYC Affiliate, Jocelyn says she “hopes to bring the gift of joy and happiness to less fortunate children here in New York City”.
While Jocelyn is not in school, or finding new toy donations, she enjoys soccer, ice hockey, figure skating, horseback riding and preparing gourmet dinners for friends and family at home.
To donate your gently used plastic toys you can reach Jocelyn by emailing her at JocelynSCT@nyc.rr.com.