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Once again, our partners at Kidville generously volunteered to open their doors as drop-off locations for Second Chance Toys Earth Week 2013 donations.

Kidville’s mission is to make the lives of families with young children better and easier by providing a fun, safe, and clean environment for children to learn, play, and grow. Dovetailing with their dedication to children and play, Kidville is also passionate about helping children in need.

This April, a total of 15 locations across the county participated with SCT collecting nearly 1,000 toys. We were able to place those toys in the hands of children who would otherwise go without and keep the non-biodegradable plastics out of landfills. We couldn’t have done it without the help of Kidville!

In addition to our collection partnership, Kidville will also be hosting a Second Chance Toys fundraiser at their Upper West Side NYC location on May 18th.  Support our mission and enjoy free play in Kidville's rooftop playground and a 30 Minute Rockin' Railroad concert. Have some fun at the Kidville art table while snacking on pizza and drinks for the entire family! Click here for more info.

Big, small, shiny, colorful, noisy- Second Chance Toys toy donations come in many different exciting forms, but they wouldn’t be quite right without the finishing touch of a disinfectant wipe.

LYSOL® Power & Free™ Multi-Purpose Wipes were donated and shipped by Lysol to our New York City and Philadelphia Earth Week event locations to assist us in the final stage of our donation preparation: cleaning!

SCT wants our recipient organizations to know that we value them wholeheartedly and take great pride in the quality of each and every toy that is donated. Having LYSOL® Power & Free™ Multi-Purpose Wipes on hand made the cleaning process quick and easy- and the toys looked brand new!

Thank you LYSOL®, for helping us help kids & the environment.

When you see a giant blue and white 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck driving by, it's often believed that they are simply hauling “junk” from place to place. This past Earth Week was a completely different story.

GOT JUNK may not be riding around in shiny red sleighs pulled by reindeer, but their outstanding effort has left them resembling our very own Springtime Santa. They have delivered over 10,000 gently used plastic toys to disadvantaged children in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Each year, their hard work allows us to reach more and more children and keep plastic out of landfills.

Thank you 1-800-GOT-JUNK, for your time, effort, and dedication! 

Second Chance Toys partnered with Viacom this Earth Week in celebration of their annual Viacommunity Day. 100 Viacom associates volunteered their time to spend the day sorting, cleaning, and tagging nearly 1,000 toys in Times Square. 

There were balloon artists, face painters, coloring tables, and even a few impromptu dance competitions!

Steve Weatherford and Josh Brown of the New York Giants joined the fun and helped the volunteers clean and tag the toys. It wouldn't be a Second Chance Toys event without a little work AND play, so Steve and Josh showed off their skills during line dances to the energetic beats played by our talented volunteer DJ. Their participation added to the great enthusiasm felt by everyone there.

Because of Viacom’s outstanding effort, all 1,000 toys were saved from the landfills and have landed in the hands of children who really need them. 


New Jersey elementary students at Evergreen School in Scotch Plains and Tamaques School in Westfield donated over 600 toys to Newark Harmony House for Earth Week. The toys were delivered by our friends at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and were tagged with messages for each recipient making the donation even more special. 

Join us for a great NYC event on Friday April 19th from 11am-2pm. Come see NY Giant Steve Weatherford in Times Square (at Duffy Square, between 45th & 47th Streets, Broadway/Seventh Ave right by TKTS) for a big Second Chance Toys Earth Week extravaganza with our friends at Viacom for Viacommunity Day!

Clowns, balloon artists, face painters and other BIG surprises.. and it’s FREE! See you there!

The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, troops 1228 and 2868, held a gently used plastic toy drive with Second Chance Toys on Saturday, April 6. The girls donated 100 plastic toys and 2 play kitchens in great condition to Long Island Head Start in Huntington, NY. They then sent 2 additional car loads of toys to the Family Service League in Huntington topping off a very successful toy collection. Great job girls!

The Kidville Earth Week collection locations in the NY metropolitan area can now be found in the Drop-Off Locations section of our website! Start your spring cleaning and bring your gently used plastic toys to a Kidville location near you April 14th-18th. Help us help kids and the environment!

Second Chance Toys would like to thank Ben Cohen of Motion Mix Celebration Specialists for donating his talent and time to DJ at our upcoming Earth Week 2013 events! Ben will be providing the music, games and entertainment to create an exciting atmosphere full of fun activities for everyone involved. 
Motion Mix is a multifaceted team of talented disc jockeys & live musicians specializing in once-in-a-lifetime, distinctive celebrations. More than just the music, your affair gets scripted like a Motion picture with you in the director’s seat to ensure that we exceed your expectations. There is only one chance; to make it perfect- so put your event in Motion!

Close to 16 million children in this country live below the poverty level.

Growing up in an affluent suburb, that's a stat I never had top of mind. I was among the fortunate. I had a beautiful house. I went to a good school. I had every opportunity in front of me and never longed for anything. Yet it was a pile of plastic toys that would change my life forever. Read More

Kidville locations in the NY metropolitan area had such an overwhelming response to their collections during the holidays that they are expanding their collections to include locations across the country for Earth Week 2013! The list is increasing each day as more Kidville teams align with our efforts. Location details will be posted soon in the Drop-Off Locations section of our website.  

Find the current list of Kidville collection locations below:

Carlsbad, CA

Brentwood, CA

Foxboro, MA

Bethesda, MD

Summit, NJ

Hoboken, NJ

Upper East Side, NYC

Upper West Side, NYC

Tribeca, NYC

Cobble Hill, NYC

Park Slope, NYC

Union Square, NYC

Midtown West, NYC

The Woodlands, Houston, TX

Dallas, TX

Saturday, April 20th | 11am – 2pm

Kohl’s Cares Go Green Event Wants Your Gently Used Plastic Toys

Donate your plastic toys on April 20th from 11am – 2pm and enjoy some family fun with Kohl’s Cares and Second Chance Toys at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Kohl’s Cares will be celebrating Earth Week by collecting, cleaning and donating gently used plastic toys to organizations serving disadvantaged children. Within hours, thousands of toys will be transported by 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to local Head Starts in Philadelphia metro communities. There will be entertainment and activities for all, a visit from first-round NFL prospect and Philadelphia native Sharrif Floyd, in addition to the opportunity to enjoy Smith’s Playground and Playhouse! A toy donation on April 20th will get you a free face painting OR balloon art at Smith!

To make it easy, Smith is also accepting your gently used plastic toys between April 1st and April 20th.

Plastic toys should:
– be clean
– no small or missing parts
– batteries functional

This is a great opportunity to start your spring cleaning early, make some deserving children happy, and at the same time keep these non biodegradable plastics out of our landfills. Help your community and the environment this Earth Week

The Second Chance Toys website has won another award! The MarCom International Competition for Marketing & Communication Professionals has chosen the site as one of their 2012 Gold Award Recipients. Great work, 8fold.

Second Chance Toys is excited to announce our Earth Week 2013 partnership with 4GOOD, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization inspiring families to actively participate in volunteer activities.

Each spring, 4GOOD holds a sponsored Family Day Event where their mission is to "Spark the Spirit of Giving Back".  Local families attend the event for a free afternoon full of fantastic hands-on family friendly volunteer activities and opportunities. Last year, 4GOOD Family Day attracted more than 500 parents, grandparents and children. 4GOOD will be holding a gently used plastic toy drive at their 2013 event and will be donating their collected toys to SCT. We are thrilled to be working together and look forward to a very successful collection.

Interested in attending? Click here and don't forget to bring your gently used plastic toys!

With the support of Kohl’s and 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Second Chance Toys was able to save 31,000 feet of plastic toys from our landfills. That's enough to equal the height of 21 Empire State Buildings!

Help us to grow that number even more in 2013 by holding your own SCT Collection. Click here to find out how.

This holiday season Second Chance Toys conducted 85 collections in 14 states for a total of 18,026 toys collected! That’s nearly double the amount we usually collect and brings our total to over 131,000 toys donated to date.

As more and more people hear about Second Chance Toys we continue to expand across the country. We look forward to reaching even more children with our 2013 collections.

Thank you for all of your efforts!

The Pine Crest School Environmental Action Club in Golden Beach, Florida collected over 270 toys for their SCT holiday collection. The club donated the toys to disadvantaged children and teens served by Kids in Distress of Broward County. Thank you so much for volunteering, your efforts have made a big difference in the lives of your recipients!

Seane Corn (center) and friends came together to support ongoing efforts to help communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Off the Mat, Into New Jersey was a benefit that took place at the Atlantic City Convention Center on December 22. Over 850 toys were donated by attendees and yoga studios throughout New Jersey and nearby states to benefit families hard hit by Sandy.

Pictured here with Seane Corn, founder of Off the Mat, Into the World are Elisabeth Halfpapp (left), co-founder and executive vp of exhale spa, a sponsor of the relief effort and Bronna Lipton (right), executive director of Second Chance Toys.

The positive energy created from this event made for a holiday milestone.

Cub Scouts from Glen Rock Pack 1 and Ridgewood Pack 8 volunteered their time to clean and sort  toys at the Fair Lawn Recycling Center Holiday Collection. The volunteers and their parents came to the center on a Saturday morning ready to work knowing that their efforts would make a world of difference to the recipient children in Bergen and Passaic counties.

Ron Lottermann, Recycling & Clean Communities Coordinator, volunteered to hold the SCT toy collection at the center for the holidays. "I am always looking for new programs that will help Fair Lawn reduce waste amounts. A program like this where we can reduce toys from ending up in landfills by benefiting others is the perfect solution to both of our needs", said Lottermann. 


New York Giants Fullback Henry Hyonski helped deliver toys with SCT to children at PS142 in New York City. A big THANK YOU  to the Educational Alliance, our holiday collection partners at Kidville, and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for making the event a success!