You are here

Blog

large_Guard.jpg

large_Jenn_0.jpg

large_Guard Kids.jpg

Jennifer Cournoyer joined Second Chance Toys as the Operations Manager a few months ago and has been busy helping donors, collectors, and recipients for our Earth Week programs. She recently participated in her first hands on toy drive with SCT and below recounts her very special experience.

The Earth Week Toy Drive at the Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters went perfectly! The Soldiers and Civilians collected 60 beautiful toys and were able to donate them to some very deserving children.

Debra Vanderwerf, the Central Region Director for Horizons for Homeless, met us at the headquarters in the afternoon. She was so grateful and took half of the toys for the homeless newborns-8 year old children that her organization serves across Massachusetts.

After Debra left the headquarters we drove to the women's shelter a few towns over, Serenity House. When we walked in with the toys we were greeted by a handful of women who reside there, along with two of their adorable babies.

As I was kneeling down to unload the toys out of the boxes, a woman tapped me on my shoulder and said words that I will never forget.

"Do you know who sent you here?" she asked.

"Yes, I work for Second Chance Toys."

She paused for a moment, looked at me and smiled, "No, God sent you here."

It was such a touching moment, and one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me.

My first experience with a Second Chance Toys toy drive was surely one I will never forget, and I can't wait to be a part of many more.

West.jpg

The Moms Club of Anaheim, CA will be collecting toys and donating them to Colette’s Children’s Home of Huntington Beach.  Since 1998, Colette’s has provided over 2,000 women and children a safe home and nurturing environment where they obtain compassionate support and services needed to achieve self-sufficiency.  Second Chance Toys is thrilled to be a part of their mission and we thank the Moms Club of Anaheim for all of their effort.

Christian Center.jpg

The Passaic County Christian Center will be collecting toys for Earth Week and donating them to the Passaic County Women’s Outreach Center. The Outreach Center provides services to survivors of domestic violence and will be providing the families of the survivors with the donated toys. Wonderful work, Passaic County Christian Center!

images.jpg

The Methuen Mommas will be collecting toys in April and donating them to the Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence, MA. The Lazarus House helps families and individuals living in poverty become self-sufficient members of the community by offering emergency shelter, food, clothing, and other services. This donation of toys by the Meuthen Mommas is going to make a big difference in the lives of the children in these families. Thanks for volunteering, you are making a difference!

 

medium_Tuscan.jpg

Tuscan Elementary School is hosting an Earth Week Toy Drive and donating the collected toys to Babyland Family Services. Babyland has been serving families in the New Jersey area for over 40 years and they are thrilled that the students at Tuscan Elementary are collecting toys for their facility. Great job, Students!

medium_Moms.jpg

A Mom’s Club in Freehold, NJ will be collecting toys for Earth Week and donating them to Acelero Learning Center Head Start. The mission of Acelero Learning Center is to bring focus on positive child and family outcomes to close the achievement gap and build a better future for children. The kids at Acelero are very eager to receive the toys, all thanks to the hard work of the Mom’s Club volunteers!

medium_Tabor_0.jpg

The Doylestown Babies and Mommies Club will be hosting an Earth Week Toy Drive and will be donating the toys to Tabor Services. Tabor Services has been helping children and families for more than 100 years, and they are looking forward to getting some great plastic toys. Thanks for volunteering, Doylestown Babies and Mommies. You are making a difference!

 

medium_Hilltop.jpg

The students at Hilltop Elementary School are collecting toys in honor or Earth Week and will be donating them to the Head Start Community Program of Morris County and Morristown Neighborhood House. Both organizations are very excited to be receiving the toys, and are thankful for all of the hard work that the students are putting into this event. Great work, Hilltop Elementary!

 

 

Montclair.jpg

The Westport Corporation will be collecting toys and donating them to The Montclair Child Development Center. The MCDC serves children in Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Orange, New Jersey. Westport Corporation is volunteering their time to make a difference in the environment, and the lives of children in their community.

 

medium_House.jpg

The Albrook School and the Volunteer Group, ZacAttack, will be conducting toy collections in honor of Earth Week. The toys will be donated to the non-profit preschool, Little Children of God. Little Children of God serves underprivileged children in both the Passaic and Somerset Counties, and they are very excited to be receiving the wonderful plastic toys.

 

medium_bergen county.jpg

The Betsy Ross School in Mahwah, NJ will be collecting toys in April and donating them to the Youth Consultation Services of New Jersey. The YCS cares for approximately 1,500 children around the state, making the efforts of these students a huge step in in Good and Green Movement.

 

smithtown.jpg

The Smithtown High School East Leadership in New York will be holding a toy drive for Earth Week and are donating the toys Port Jefferson Head Start. The children at Port Jefferson will be receiving a wonderful collection of gently used plastic toys, all thanks to the students who are volunteering and making a difference.

 

medium_nyc.jpg

The Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School will be holding a toy drive for Earth Week and donating their collection of toys to Cardinal Spellman Head Start. The students and faculty are doing their part in keeping our environment free of non-biodegradable plastics, while helping their community at the same time.

 

medium_Pine Hill.jpg

The Pine Hill Elementary School in Massachusetts will be holding a toy drive in honor of Earth Week. The students and faculty at the school are donating their collected toys to Mattapan Head Start, and are working very hard to keep plastic toys out of landfills.

Nat Guard.jpg

 

 

 

The Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters will be conducting an Earth Week Toy Drive and will be donating their collected toys to Horizons for Homeless Children and Serenity House Shelter. The soldiers and civilians look forward to participating in the Good and Green movement!

Colorado.jpg

Nolia Design will be collecting toys for Earth Week and donating them to The House of Neighborly Services. The company is new to the Fort Collins area, and is very excited to contribute to the community while helping the environment. 

volun.jpg

There are many ways to get involved. Second Chance Toys has been built solely on volunteerism, and we continue to depend on the valued efforts of our volunteers. As a charitable organization, we are always looking for more help to further our mission. You can help make an impact on the environment and children in need. Please complete the form below if you are interested in:

  • Collection logistics
  • Identifying organizations
  • Identifying sponsors and corporate partnerships
  • Fundraising
  • CRM/database management
  • Contributing fresh ideas

Contact us to learn more.

 

large_CC_0.jpg

Kohl's Care's for Kids will be conducting their second Earth Week program with Second Chance Toys which will culminate at the the Comcast Center on April 21st, 2012.

Standing at a robust 975 feet tall, the newly opened Comcast Center is the tallest building in Philadelphia. And with its ambitious incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, the Center is also the tallest “green” building in the country.

Stay tuned for more detailed information about this free family celebration.

Following nearly a year of planning, design and development, we are so excited to launch our new website!!

Twice a year (April for Earth Week and December for year-end holidays) we will be helping to connect toy donors with collectors and collectors with recipient children's organizations.

We welcome your support in many ways. Check out our site and the variety of ways you can get involved. And please let us know what we can do to improve our efforts to grow.

Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and help us spread the word about Second Chance Toys.

You'll be joining a movement in the making!!