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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.

P1040485 P1040482 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.

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Tom Roselli accepts a Certificate of Appreciation from Craig Scott, Second Chance Toys, after hundreds of gently used plastic toys are readied for their journey to their new homes. These toys were saved from being thrown away in our landfills. Now they will have a second chance to be played with and loved again!
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Associates of the Center Square Kohl’s store work together to fill the 1-800-Got-Junk? truck with the colorful toys they collected and cleaned. The toys are headed for the School District of Philadelphia Head Start.

P1010001 P1010003 HH kids playing HH-Daniel Nearly one thousand toys were delivered to New Community Corp. programs throughout Newark including New Community Harmony House, family housing units, Youth Department, Community Hills Early Learning Center, and the Hispanic Development Corp. In just one hour, students from Evergreen and Brunner Schools in Scotch Plains, as well as Tamaques School in Westfield, collected hundreds of their “gently loved” toys. Toys were delivered to New Community Corp by 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisee owner, Drew Trautman, who volunteered his truck and manpower to make this delivery, of so many toys, a possibility. Hours later, these toys that could have been headed for the landfill, were enjoyed by children at New Community Harmony House.

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Carl Bour, district manager, and Dawn Shope, team captain proudly display a Certificate of Appreciation before loading up the gently used plastic toys. Soon after, members of  Dauphin County Social Services help unload over 1,000 Second Chance Toys in bucket brigade fashion! Dauphin County director, Sue Coehick (middle) and Marjorie Ebersole, along with 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisee David Wise were sure to test out the toys before distributing to deserving children!

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Kohl’s associates helped load up all the good-as-new plastic toys they worked so hard to collect, clean and tag. No sooner was the 1-800-Got-Junk? truck brimming with toys than they it was on its way to deliver the bounty to New Castle County Head Starts.

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Toys are being loaded up at the Kohl’s Mantua store to begin their journey to Tri County Head Starts in the area. On hand were the Mayor, (center) and Vincent Fabrizio, district manager, with Bronna Lipton, Second Chance Toys, to enjoy the Kohl’s National Go Green Event celebration. Children at Paulsboro Head Start can’t wait to dig in and play with the colorful plastic toys delivered that same day!
 

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Kohl’s Cares Associates in Action show off some of the toys they collected before loading up the 1-800-Got-Junk? truck for delivery to Burlington County Head Starts. Kohl’s team members receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Second Chance Toys for their dedication to helping children and the environment. Shortly after, one of 6 truckloads of toys donated by Kohl’s associates were delivered to 9 organizations in NJ, PA and DE. Matt McGlaughlin, 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisee, shows off some of the good-as-new toys being delivered to Burlington County Head Start and its 5 other centers.

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Second Chance Toys was honored this year to partner with Kohl's on their National Go Green Event. Through the Kohl's Cares Associates in Action program, volunteers collect gently used plastic toys, cleaned them, and tagged them with messages. A total of 57 Kohl's stores participated and over 6,000 toys were donated. Our partners at 1-800-Got-Junk? volunteered their resources to deliver toys to organizations in NJ, PA and DE.

NY Kids Club Help make a difference in the lives of NYC children. Bring your clean, gently used plastic toys to any one of six New York Kids Club location throughTuesday, April 26th. The toys will be distributed to homeless children throughout the city.
- 601 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
- 169 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
- 219 East 67th Street, Manhattan
- 38 East 22nd Street, Manhattan
- 393 South End Avenue, Manhattan
- 182 Henry Street, Brooklyn

Get ready for Spring!
A Second ChanceToy drive is being held conjunction with Wild Earth Fest at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, NJ. Donate your clean, gently used plastic toys. There will be a bin in the main building. 
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Fifty seven Kohl's stores in NJ, PA and DE participated in a unified collection of gently used plastic toys to benefit children in the nearby communities. What an amazing day.....we'll tell you more about it shortly.

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