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  EWlogo2008-300 The third annual Second Chance Toys drive to coincide with Earth Week has been announced at 64 Investors Savings Bank locations throughout New Jersey. The collection of gently used plastic toys will take place April 14 through April 21. We are grateful to 1-800-Got-Junk! for continuing to provide all pick-up and transportation of the toys to organizations serving needy children. For a complete list of paticipating bank branch locations and drop-off times, Click Here

Help prevent unwanted, gently used, plastic toys from ending up in the landfills. You can do good (and green) by assisting in the rescue of these gems. We then redistribute them to disadvantaged children at community organizations where the need is greatest. Please give us a hand and join us in, helping us to make this the best Earth Week plastic toy drive ever. 

Earth_3 Looking to break new records and exceed the 50,000 plastic toys rescued and donated, Second Chance Toys is gearing up for Earth Week 2010 programs in NY, NJ, PA and IL. Want to help make a difference by reducing waste and beinging huge smile to children in need?? Volunteers and programs needed. Please email us at slipton@secondchancetoys.org to get the conversation started.

HZT MLK DAY 011810 a021 Hundreds of toys were collected by the hard-working volunteers of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA on January 18 in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.  The gently used plastic toys were donated to Second Chance Toys of PA for distribution to deserving children throughout our community.  Thanks to all the wonderful people at Har Zion who made this day possible.  Your efforts will make our environment cleaner and many children very happy indeed!  Way to go! 

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Second Chance Toys brought three families together to make the holidays brighter in Lodi. Pictured are members of the Alberto family receiving toys collected by Chelsea and Brittany Schillizzi and Maria Bellinger (bottom right).

For several years now, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchisees have been volunteering their manpower, time and trucks to pick up and deliver toys collected all over New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Many thanks go to New Jersey franchise partners, Drew Trautman, Doug Martin and Jim Barnett, Pennsylvania franchise partner, Eric Blum and New York franchise partner, Cameron Robinson for all their help and hard work. They and their teams picked up, carried, loaded, hauled, and unloaded toys from locations throughout their areas, and delivered over 10,000 toys to numerous organizations that care for children in need. As a result of their volunteered time and energy, thousands of children have received toys for the holidays and during our Earth Week drives! We are sincerely grateful for their support and commitment to helping children and the environment. Pictured below are Drew Trautman, picking up toys collected by students of Evergreen School, Eric Blum, loading up his truck with toys, and Cameron in front of his truck.

It is a sincere pleasure to work with quality people and quality companies like 1-800-GOT-JUNK? We really appreciate it.

Thank you all for your generosity!!!!  
 
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Cameron Robinson New York franchise partner, Cameron Robinson

Help  With over 100 community-wide plastic toys collections in four states coming to conclusion this week, Second Chance Toys is hitting new records and bringing miles of smiles to needy children for the 2009 holidays.
The goal is to continue building this good & green initiative nation-wide. We are looking for national retail partners to help serve as plastic toy drop-off locations, which in turn become tremendous traffic drivers. Let's talk about how you can help us leverage this much needed community service and and we can help drive your business goals in the process. Please email: slipton@secondchancetoys.org to get the discussion started.

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Logan3 All the great kids at Logan Annex Head Start went home with “just like new” toys on December 22, compliments of Second Chance Toys of PA.  Santa Claus personally visited with each and every child and there were plenty of smiles all around.  Second Chance Toys of PA was also able to provide Logan Annex Head Start with four, much needed, new computer systems (one for each classroom), kindly donated by TargetRx, Inc.  Logan lost all their computer equipment when their original location burnt to the ground earlier this year.  It is tremendous to help such a great group of teachers, children and families get back on their feet!  Happy holidays!

Trinidad1 Trinidad2 The staff and children of Trinidad Head Start on West Sedgeley Ave. in North Philadelphia put on a great holiday songfest on Tuesday, December 22.  Second Chance Toys of PA staff were on hand for the festivities and helped out by making sure that each and every child went home with a great holiday toy!  Santa made an appearance and a GREAT time was had by all!  Ho!  Ho!  Ho!

KyleCara Cara (age 16) and Kyle Scott (age 18), co-founders of Second Chance Toys of PA, wish to thank all who have contributed to the spectacular growth of our grass roots organization.  We rely on the kindness of friends, strangers and anyone who is willing to just help.  The result?  In 2 and ¼ years, we have been able to keep out of the landfill over 7,000 great, gently used plastic toys.  Better yet, we have delivered these “just like new” toys to deserving kids throughout our community.  What could be better?  A Win for the Environment. A Win for the Kids.  A Win for Meeting Great People like YOU who have been willing to pitch in and help!  Thank you so much!

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The holiday toy drive conducted by students, teachers, staff and parents of Mill Creek Elementary School in Warrington, PA literally filled the Second Chance Toys truck (lent by our partners at 1-800-Got-Junk?) on Friday December 11.  What an amazing haul by this spirited community.  Toys collected were distributed to Bucks County Head Start in Morrisville, PA, the Samuel Everitt and Walter Miller Elementary Schools, in Levittown, PA, and Little Kids College and the Howley School in Trenton, NJ.  Hey Mill Creek -- Thanks for doing so much to help so many kids and protect our environment!

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For several years now, 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisees have been volunteering their manpower, time and trucks to pick up and deliver toys collected all over New Jersey. Many thanks go to New Jersey franchisees, Drew Trautman, Doug Martin and Jim Barnett for all their help and hard work. They picked up, carried, loaded, hauled, unloaded toys from locations in ten counties, and delivered 5,564 toys to 20 organizations that care for children in need. As a result of their volunteered time and energy, many children received toys for the holidays! We are sincerely grateful for their support and commitment to helping children and the environment. Pictured is Drew Trautman, picking up toys collected by students of Evergreen School.

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Once again, Investors Savings Bank branches served as drop off locations for Second Chance Toys’ New Jersey collection. A total of 5,564 toys were collected from the 65 participating branches and their headquarters! Pictured are employees at Investors Savings Bank Headquarters with some of the gently used plastic toys donated.

Thanks to all our friends and partners from the community, Second Chance Toys rescued and donated nearly 10,000 toys for children in need this holiday season. Together we are truly helping to make a difference in the lives of others as well as our planet earth. Visit us again in March 2010 for more information about our Earth Week toy drive.

Mendham The Mendham Cooperative Nursery School conducted its second annual Second Chance Toy drive in December 2009.  The small preschool in Mendham, New Jersey has a big heart and a history of giving back to the community.  It collected over 70 gently used plastic toys, which will be sent to children in Honduras.  What a great way, especially during the holidays, for the school’s little ones to learn about recycling and giving to other children.

Junior Girl Scout troop 42724 out of St. Celestine School in Elmwood Park, Illinois are pictured here organizing the hundreds of gently used plastic toys that they collected for the Austin YMCA in the Chicago area. The YMCA was so grateful for the wonderful toys that made the holidays brighter for so many children!! Members of the troop include Judi Aldape, Hayley Ashby, Elizabeth Ptack, Jessica Lococo, Arlisse Lim, Samantha and Laruen Hiatt-Wilson, and Erika Balce.
 
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Evergreen Elementary School held their annual holiday collection with Second Chance Toys and collected a whopping 550 toys this year! Some of the fourth graders helped out by tagging the toys with holiday messages. Drew Trautman, 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisee was on hand to load up the goods and bring them to Union County Social Services, which will distribute the toys to needy families for the holidays.

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