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Dscf0255Children from the Our Lady of Peace Parish Youth Ministry in New Providence, NJ recently collected and cleaned toys for donation to the Division of Youth and Family Services and to St. Anne's Soup Kitchen.

P1010003Donating the first toys to the new Presbyterian Childcare Center in Elizabethport, NJ is Sasha Lipton (left), founder of Second Chance Toys. This marks the 700th toy donated to date. Receiving the donation is Donna Scott, Child Care Director for the center.

Pru_spirit_3 Spiritcommunity_logo_2 Sasha Lipton was named the Governor Livingston High School Volunteer of the Year in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Sasha is now eligible for the New Jersey Youth Volunteer of the Year awards. Two State Honorees, one middle level and one high school student, will be named in February. Each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C., for recognition ceremonies.

Picture1 Presenting to over 30 children and adults at Our Lady of Peace Parish in New Providence, NJ, Sasha Lipton, founder of Second Chance Toys, told her story about the formation of the organization to rescue and refurbish discarded toys for needy children. Inspired by the work of Second Chance Toys, the children of the Service Saturday Youth Ministry got together to clean toys (click here to see photos) in preparation for donation to needy kids in the area.   

P1010003 The Leaguers Headstart, serving families of preschool children in the Newark, NJ community, received a donation of Second Chance Toys. Accepting the toys on behalf of the organization is Dorece Bishop, Assistant Director of Community Services & Parent Involvement.

P1010001A donation of Second Chance Toys was made to the youth of Sisters & Brothers Outreach Ministries, a charitable organization in Elizabeth, NJ. The children from the community broke into joyful song lead by Pastor Sheila Fall (left) joined by Sasha Lipton (right), founder of Second Chance Toys.

Investors Savings Bank (https://www.isbnj.com), an independent community bank in New Jersey has opened it's doors to help facilitate the collection of Second Chance Toys in the Morris County area. Denvillepic The Denville branch, located at 276 E Main Street, Suite 3 (in the CVS Shopping Center), has been serving as a facility to collect toys from bank employess, area customers and local community residents.

Through the initiative of Ms. Carrie Caruso, Branch Manager, dozens of toys have already been rescued. Ms. Caruso, who first learned about Second Chance Toys through a story in the Daily Record.pdf, wanted to help make a contribution to SCT's environmental and child-related efforts.

P1010001Standing with a recent collection of toys ready for pick-up at the Denville branch of Investors Savings Bank is Carrie Caruso. For more information on drop-off hours, please email slipton@secondchancetoys.org or contact the Denville branch at 973-983-0594.

P1010003Receiving a donation of Second Chance Toys on a beautiful autumn day at the Dalrymple House Learning Center in Randolph, NJ are Jane Carotenuto, Site Director (right) along with some of the kids from the center who couldn't wait to begin some play time.

Second Chance Toys of Pennsylvania has been formed by Kyle and Cara Scott   

               

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Kyle (16) is in 11th grade (junior) and Cara (14) is in 9th grade (freshman) at George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Kyle plays varsity sports at school, including soccer, basketball and baseball. Cara is a cheerleader and has been active in gymnastics. They both enjoy spending time with their friends and playing with their pets, Emmy (a golden retriever) and Kiwi (a noisy parakeet). 

Kyle is involved with various service projects and responsibilities at school. Cara has been active in Girl Scouts and participated in the People to People Leadership Development Program in Washington, DC.

Kyle and Cara note: “We think Second Chance Toys is a great idea because we have the opportunity to recycle toys in an environmentally responsible way for kids who will really enjoy them! We want to make a positive difference and Second Chance Toys is a great way to accomplish that goal. Friends can help too and that can add to the fun!”

To contact Second Chance Toys of Pennsylvania, please email kyle_scott@georgeschool.org or cara_scott@georgeschool.org

P1010004Second Chance Toys completed a busy month of donations with a delivery of colorful toys to the Peer Place Child Care Center in Denville, NJ. Receiving the donation of toys was Joanne Jamison, Site Director of the Peer Place Child Care Center along with several smiling children anxious to play.

Wor_flag The Joan Hamburg Show on WOR Radio 710 raved about the merits of Second Chance Toys on their program dedicated to Green Living. While Sasha was at field hockey practice, her mom called into the show and explained how Sasha started the organization to rescue, refurbish and recycle plastic toys. During the commercial break, Emme who was sitting in for Joan Hamburg must have gone onto the SCT website because once back on air, she was so excited about the mission of the organization and urged people who wanted to donate toys or start chapters to go to our website.

Picture1Mable Stapleton (left), Program Manager at the Morristown Neighborhood House in Morristown, NJ, accepts a donation of Second Chance Toys from Sasha Lipton.

P1010010Kathy Paparella (rear left), Director of Operations, Salvation Army Day Care Center and Sasha Lipton (rear right), founder of Second Chance Toys, enjoy watching the children at the center in Morristown, NJ have some fun with the newlly donated toys.

P1010004_2 A load of Second Chance Toys made their way to Harmony House Early Learning Center in Newark, NJ today. Receiving the toys were Maria Stephen (third from left), Director of Harmony House Early Learning Center along with several of the children at the facility, all of whom were eager for some play time.

Second Chance Toys is mindful of the toy hazard recall which was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, affecting about 9.5 million toys in the United States.

While there are a large number of toys, which in recent months have come under scrutiny worldwide for containing dangerously high levels of chemicals and toxins, at Second Chance Toys we continue to review the rescued toys against published lists from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure any toys in question are excluded from our toy donations. You can also use this Toy Recalls Database page as another helpful reference tool for toys made from as early as 1974 to today.

P1010002Delivering toys for all good girls and boys at the Arc of Morris County is Sasha Lipton (center), founder of Second Chance Toys. Receiving the toy donation are Ann Espada (left), Assistant Executive Director and Sarah Cunningham (right), Administrator, Developmental Daycare Program, both of the Arc of Morris. All children were given an individually wrapped toy to take home.

P1010001 Added to a busy summer of donating Second Chance Toys, Linda Jacob, Director of Family Support and Emily Meyers, Family Support Resource Coordinator, both of The Arc of Middlesex County, receive a wonderful supply of toys, games and puzzles for some of the older children at their facility in North Brunswick, NJ 

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