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163630_1673781135305_1560745281_1578776_4961685_n Choka Lyme For Hope conducted a toy drive with Second Chance Toys which was a great success. The abundance of collected toys were delivered to Babyland In Newark, New Jersey. Bobby Roghubir spoke on behalf of Choca Lyme "It was our pleasure to be apart of this program and the recipients are a great organization who were very welcoming and appreciative of our efforts. We look forward to working with Second Chance Toys on future toy drives." 

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MCreek2 Don't mess with those kids and families from Mill Creek Elementary School in Warrington, PA.  They know how to organize a toy drive!  Do they ever!  They filled our 15 x 15 cubic yard 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck up to the gills with gently used plastic toys; great toys to be recycled and distributed to literally hundreds and hundreds of kids in our community just in time for the holidays.  That is community and holiday spirit at its best.  Thanks to Principal Leonard Schwartz, Home & School leader, Stephanie McDonald and all the great students who helped make the December 3-10 toy drive such a resounding success for the second year in a row.  Some say "Ho Ho Ho" at this time of the year!  We simply say "Wow, you are the greatest!!

Second Chance Toys of PA wants to publicly thank and congratulate the wonderful children at Springfield Elementary School and Springfield Literacy Center who worked so hard to collect toys for us during their drive from November 3-12.  You did a great job and your efforts will help some very deserving children in Delaware County and beyond.  Your efforts are what the holiday spirit is all about.  Let's keep that spirit throughout the year.  Help the kids -- Help the Environment!  Way to go!!!

Warwick2 Warwick3 Talk about a team effort.  Led by Girl Scout Troop 21808, the students, families and Parent-Teachers-Organization of Warwick Elementary School in Warwick, PA orchestrated a very successful toy drive and collection in support of Second Chance Toys of PA from November 22 to December 1, 2010. All banned together to help many needy children in the Bucks County and surrounding areas hopefully enjoy the holidays a little bit more this year.  Many boxes and bags were filled with reusable plastic toys collected by the Girls Scouts at the school. This is the first year the scouts have coordinated with Second Chance Toys and we are very proud of them for their truly outstanding efforts. They are helping to make a positive difference in the lives of other children and our environment!

MC2 The great kids and families of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown, PA organized another successful toy collection on November 20, 2010 in support of Second Chance Toys of PA.  Once again, our 1800GOTJUNK truck was filled with quality, polished-up toys that will make hundreds of deserving children in our community very happy this holiday season.  This is the third year in a row that Mount Carmel has supported Second Chance Toys of PA activities.  We are not only impressed by this consistent effort, but very grateful indeed!  Thanks to all who pitched in. Special thanks to Laurie Frayne who coordinates these activities at the church and to Eric Blum from 1800GOTJUNK who helps us get the toys where they need to go.  

To our friends at Second Chance Toys: 
Once again your organization has overwhelmed us with wonderful toys that are developmentally appropriate for the infants and toddlers whom we serve.  The families, children and therapists who serve them will be THRILLED to have such wonderful materials to work with. One of the real strengths of your program is that you get toys that have all of their parts and work!  We do not have to sort through them and then discard toys that are unusable. 
Pamela Schachter, M.S. Ed
UMDNJ Early Intervention Program Manager
Newark, NJ 07103

IMG_1414 Girl Scout Troop 335 of Manalapan has been very busy this holiday season. As part of their Bronze Award project, the troop held used toy drives in their neighborhoods to benefit Second Chance Toys.
The troop collected over 13 bags of gently used plastic toys in addition to two bags of new toys, two large plastic kitchens, a desk, an art easel and a Barbie jeep. Next, the girls cleaned the toys and made sure they were in working order. The toys were then dropped off to the Marlboro, NJ Branch of Investors Savings bank. They will soon be transported by volunteers from 1-800-Got Junk? to organizations that will distribute them to children in need.
In addition to having lots of fun, the girls learned about the value of recycling to help the environment as well as the importance of helping those less fortunate than themselves.

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Check out what a Chicago mom blogger has to say about Second Chance Toys http://kids-help-kids.blogspot.com/

SS_holiday_toys_sitstand Over 85 drop-off locations are presently available throughout New York and New Jersey. More locations will continue to be added during November.

Carey SCTphoto Hi, my name is Carey Campbell and I’m the mother of three young children, two boys and a girl.  They are wonderful! But they seem to come with far too many accessories. I had my three in as many years, so it was very easy to reuse and recycle, but when my little one started to outgrow things, I was in a quandary. Most of the toys she had were plastic and still had a lot of life in them, but we had the youngest children of anyone we knew, so I had a hard time finding them new homes. When my friend suggested I just throw them out because it was easier, I knew I had to do something. That statement officially started my mission. I searched the internet (because that’s what you do when you need an answer immediately) and Second Chance Toys came up. I was sold. 
Now, I am the go to mom for recycling.  I am very active in my children’s schools and I make it a point to tell their teachers the mission of Second Chance Toys.  Last Earth Week was my first time organizing the donations, and it was amazing.  We collected over 400 toys (I quit counting after that) and the best part was that I had so many people thanking me because they had nowhere to give their toys to. People want to help, but need to know how, or where to give.  Second Chance Toys is an amazing outlet for everyone.  I made a lot of friends and have somehow even convinced my 6, 4 ½ and 3 year old that giving toys to OTHER people can feel really good.
Plainview Families LOVE Second Chance Toys!

Second Chance Toys of Sydney Open for Business Cheryl My name is Cheryl Staddon; I am a Mum of two boys aged 12 and 9 and live in a beautiful part of Sydney in New South Wales Australia.
I am passionate about protecting our environment, assisting others in the community that need some extra help and I’m very excited to be starting up Second Chance Toys in Sydney. 
Earlier this year I was cleaning out my boys toy cupboards, finding near-new toys stored away that had hardly been played with and wondering what to do with them. Many of these toys were barely used, in great condition and could give kids hours of enjoyment.  After handing on some toys to kids of appropriate ages, I was still left with some great toys that were too good to be thrown away. 
I spent time researching charities to see if someone would accept used toys and found that a number of charities do but it was my responsibility to get these toys to these organisations. My Husband was convinced that someone in Australia must have a solution to this problem but it appears that so far no one has! 
That’s when I came across the website for Second Chance Toys in the USA.
What a fantastic organisation and such a simple idea, to rescue unwanted plastic toys and distribute to children in need through local community organisations, while at the same time, helping the environment.
The wonderful organisers at Second Chance Toys are very happy to assist me in starting up a Sydney affiliation of Second Chance Toys and I will be co-ordinating a couple of toys drives through some local scout groups before Christmas. 
I would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved in Second Chance Toys Sydney either to donate toys, volunteer or become a sponsor. 
For more information about Second Chance Toys Sydney, contact Cheryl Staddon by email at siryls1@optusnet.com.au
 
 
 
 
 

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Following more than 4 years of development and growth, what started as a local community project has grown to become a vital non-profit organization serving our mother earth and needy children everywhere. If you're interested in helping us by making a tax deductible contribution (to the extent allowable by law), please let us know. If you would like to volunteer, we welcome hearing from you as well. Thanks!

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It’s as if the writers of Toy Story 3 consulted the Second Chance Toys website to get their material! As Andy leaves for college, his toys are excited at the prospect of being donated to a daycare center and getting a second chance to make other children happy.
 
The simpler, older-style toys of Toy Story 3 are those that depend more on a child’s imagination to be fully enjoyed. Second Chance Toys was founded on the knowledge that toys are essential tools of play and socialization and are important in helping children develop their imaginations.
 
The story line also points up the goal of the toys……quite simply, the desire to be loved and played with……. and of course, to avoid the landfill at all costs! Second Chance Toys is happy to be bringing toys and children together and keeping plastics out of our landfills!
 
May the squeals of joy continue!!

Picture1 Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (TBJ) ran a used plastic toy drive in partnership with Second Chance Toys during Earth Week, 2010.  The religious school and Early Childhood Center (ECC) participated in the toy drive.  Collection bins were placed in the TBJ lobby from April 18th through April 25th.  We are happy to announce that we collected approximately 6 large plastic garbage bags full of toys of all sizes that were distributed to the ARC of Essex County.  We look forward to partnering with Second Chance Toys in the future, as our congregation includes many families eager to help the greater community.
 

50000-747001 Thanks to everyone who continues to drive our mission and make the achievement of these milestones possible. Together we are truly making a difference!

Ay 2 of SCT (2) To my kind & generous friends- both old & new,
 
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!!!Carey Campbell

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