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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!!

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Prior to Winter Break, fourteen District buildings teamed up with Second Chance Toys and collected over 1,200 gently used plastic toys for donation! 1-800-GOT-JUNK? volunteered its resources to transport the District's donations on December 13th to St. Cecilia's in Coatesville and the School District of Philadelphia.

Second Chance Toys rescues and recycles unwanted plastic toys and donates them to organizations that care for children in need. Additionally, by keeping these toys out of our landfills, the donations help the environment, as plastic toys do not biodegrade easily. Thank you to everyone for your worthwhile donations!

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Great news, we’ve been nominated to win $2,012 donation towards Catchafire projects. The goal of Catchafire’s 2012 Holiday Campaign is to encourage more professionals to sign up and commit to giving pro bono this year. Everyone who registers before February 1st can nominate us to receive the $2,012 donation towards future Catchafire projects. Click here to learn more about Catchafire and to register and nominate.


Family and Friends Receiving Toys

Children at School with Toys donated by Second Chance Toys

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This year the River Vale, NJ First Friends Tuesday 1-2 year old and Friday 4-5 year old, Mommy and Me group decided to run a toy drive. The moms made the donating process a great learning experience and taught their little ones how to make a difference in another child’s life that is less fortunate. The First Friends Friday’s 4-5 year old group, Tuesday’s 1-2 years old group and some people from their community donated a total of 355 gently used toys of their own or purchased new toys to make another child smile and BELIEVE in magical holidays. It took 5 cars to deliver 355 toys to Bergen Childcare Development Head Start program and a local Church in Hackensack, NJ. The children learned how to make another child’s holiday extra magical. Thanks to Second Chance Toys for connecting the group to the Head Start program and the Church in Hackensack, NJ.

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It gives us great pleasure to be part of Second Chance Toys. Our second annual toy drive was a great success. Our donations were sent to SCO Family Services. It is so touching to see how many people reached out to help those in need. Choka Lyme would like to thank all participants for their efforts, as we put smiles on the face of children for the holiday season. Thank you Second Chance Toys for making this possible, and letting us be part of your family.

Girl Scout Daisy Troop with Toys

Girl Scout Daisy Troop #2307 of Riverhead has really worked hard over the past couple of weeks organizing, and cleaning used toys. The troop which consists of 12 girls in Kindergarten and 1st grade have donated over 75 used toys to Long Island Child and Development Services Inc. a private, non-profit organization which has several Headstart locations throughout Suffolk County. The toys were donated to the Southampton Headstart in Riverside, NY. The Headstart center has a population of 104 students from low-income families. The toy donation has given the girls a great experience. They have learned to recycle, give back to there local community, and help bring a smile to child who is less fortunate.

Thanks Second Chance Toys!!!

Good Afternoon Second Chance Toys,

On behalf of the children at Harmony House Early Learning Center, I wish to express our sincere gratitude for your continued generosity in making every holiday season a memorable one for our children and their families. We pray for abundant blessings on you for putting a smile on the faces of our children. We will always remain grateful for your kind gestures. Thank you and remain blessed.

Sister Maurice Liguori Okoroji

Director, HHELC

Toys donated to Community Closet by Second Chance Toys
The folks at Community Closet were most thankful for the donation of Second Chance Toys from Tashua Elementary School. At the donation, it was clear that they were in need of toys and that the donation of gently used plastic toys was going to make a real difference for the children. You could see the expression of delight across the faces of many of the volunteers there, as we brought in the toys. Karen, the director at Community Closet, was most thankful for the generosity of our school each year.

Long Island children collect Toys for Second Chance Toys
Syndi and Justin of Kings Park on Long Island went through their games and toys and came up with quite a bit of plastic toys to donate. Almost everything was in perfect condition.  They wanted these toys to go to those children less fortunate, and they wanted these children to experience joy in playing with them that they did.  My two children and I searched the internet and came across Second Chance Toys. We were put in contact with Family Service League of Huntington, Long Island.  The organization was very happy to receive our generous donation.  We hope that these toys will make other children's holiday more special.

Thank you again Second Chance Toys!
Kim, Syndi, Justin

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Dan Scharch and Terrence Butler  of 1-800-Got-Junk? volunteered their time and resources to transport Second Chance Toys collected from Evergreen School and the JCC, both of Scotch Plains, NJ. Shown here are Dan and Terrence unloading one of three truckloads of gently used plastic toys to be distributed to all the children at New Community's transitional living facility in Newark, NJ.

Daisy Troop Girl Scouts

Daisy Troop 2343 from Massapequa, donated 24 like-new toys from among themselves to Second Chance Toys last week. The Troop of 1st graders is learning about giving of themselves to help others. They donated their own toys and/or toys from other family members. The girls were very excited to participate and spread Christmas joy to other children who might not have received anything otherwise.

Not so Silent Ranks, McGuire Air Force Base military spouses group, was so excited about the opportunity to team with Second Chance Toys and the House of God ministry in Delran, NJ in hopes to share our gently used toys with children in need.  With the help of our local military community we were able to donate far more than we anticipated, over 100 toys.  A big thank you to Second Chance Toys for connecting our group to this ministry, so that children were blessed, and landfills given a rest.

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Pictured L to R:  Gwen Pullen, head of the pantry and Kate Morton, one of the many from Not so Silent Ranks.

PhotoY Phototoys For the first time, Phelps Luck Elementary School teamed up with Second Chance toys to collect approximately 200 gently used toys. Although they were not able to hold the drive during Earth Week, recycling was on the minds of Laura Shucosky and Therese Cooper of Phelps Luck Elementary School, who organized the school-wide event.  Donations of the gently used toys were given to the YMCA in Ellicott City, Maryland (The Dancel Family Center).  Kirsten Eads, the program director of the Dancel Family Center, was grateful to receive such nice toys to help the children at the YMCA. 1-800-Got-Junk? also volunteered its resources to transport the donations on Friday June, 3rd to the YMCA.  Thanks again to Phelps Luck Elementary and 1-800-Got-Junk?.

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Second Chance Toys with the assistance of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? 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.

 

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As a result of a generous grant from Kohl's, Second Chance Toys has hired a web design firm to take our wesite to the next level. This will include a whole new look, a host of downloadable resources as well as a clearinghouse 'engine' to facilitate connections between recipient organizations, toy collections programs, and individual toy donors. Stay tuned for more information coming soon, all in time for our year-end Holiday toy drive.

 

The week prior to Spring Break, students at Beaver Creek, Pickering Valley, Shamona Creek, Springton Manor, Uwchlan Hills and West Bradford Elementary Schools and the Central Office of Downingtown School District teamed up with Second Chance Toys of PA and collected over 1,000 gently used plastic toys. 1-800-Got-Junk? volunteered its resources to transport the District's donations on Thursday April 14th to three head start programs in Coatesville.  Thanks for the great job, everyone!
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First grade Teacher Kaity Barnes and students from Pickering Valley Elementary

McM jpeg02 Pictured are Jen Pifani, MVP and Lee Stoner AVP, MOMs Club of Moorestown
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MOMs Club of Moorestown was so happy to take part in the Second Chance Toys Earth Day Collection. We delivered our toys to Gwen Pullen, Outreach Coordinator, House of God Church in Delran, NJ on April 29th. Gwen planned a Community Day with approximately 20 invited families where the donated toys would find  great homes and help our environment by keeping plastic out of landfills!   
The MOMS Club® of Moorestown is a local chapter of the International MOMS Club®, a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization serving the needs of stay-at-home and part-time working moms. We draw members from a number of towns in the area surrounding Moorestown, including Cinnaminson, Delran, Palmyra, Riverton, and Riverside, NJ. Our Club goals are to provide a support group for mothers who choose to stay home to raise their children, to provide a forum for topics of interest to mothers, to help children in the community, and to perform regular service projects to benefit needy children and families. 
MOMs Club of Moorestown appreciates the efforts of Second Chance Toys !

Business-growth Second Chance Toys continues to reach new milestones and recently exceeded the 75,000 mark in plastic toys donated to children in need. BIG thanks to Kohl's, 1-800-Got-Junk?, New York Kids Club, Campbell's Carpet, and all the families, schools and community groups that held toy drives. Together we are really making a difference in helping kids and our environment.
Our goal it to reach the 100,000 toy donation milestone later this year. And with your help we know we can do it.

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