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EarthweekIn order to help build a groundswell of support and involvement around the Second Chance Toys mission of rescuing and refurbishing plastic toys for needy children, we're looking for schools, community and religious groups around the country to incorporate this plastic toy recycling initiative into their activities to commemorate Earth Week 2008 observances (April 18 - April 27). PLEASE help us bring Second Chance Toys to more communities throughout the state and the U.S. There are a ton of plastic toys to be saved from the landfills and an equal number of children in need of toys. The life lessons kids can learn from their participation are numerous and include a better understanding of the importance in protecting our environment and giving of themselves to help children in need. If you are interested in creating a program similar to the model programs already created (Click Here) please contact us at slipton@secondchancetoys.org so we can help in any way possible.

Sct5_2Second Chance Toys of Pennsylvania, started by Doylestown-based high school junior Kyle Scott and his sister Cara Scott, distributed over 50 toys today for children at the Bucks County Chapter of Head Start in Morrisville, PA. Receiving the rescued and refurbished toys were 26 delighted children between the ages of 3 and 5 served at the Morrisville Head Start facility led by Director, Marcia Straka. Sharing the toys with the children are Cara Scott (left) and Kyle Scott (right). To donate plastic toys to Second Chance Toys of Pennsylvania, please call 215-990-8615 or email craigoscott@aol.com.

Final_2Mindy Schwartz (left) of the L.A. Spencer Elementary School in Newark, NJ receives a collection of Second Chance Toys from Sasha Lipton, for 2 classes of special needs children.

FinalToys, toys, toys! This is what several children at the Newark Housing Authority's Belle Mead facility will be experiencing for the holidays. Receiving a donation of over 125 Second Chance Toys for the children at the Belle Mead residence in Newark, NJ are Katrice Gillespie (right) and Samuel Sykes, who contacted Second Chance Toys in order to help make a difference for the kids in their community, many of whom were going to be without toys for the holidays.

Westfield_dental_selectAs part of an effort to give back to the community, Westfield Pediatric Dental Group, located in Westfield, NJ, held a drive to collect gently used toys from its patients. An overwhelming response resulted in over 100 toys being collected for Second Chance Toys. Sasha Lipton, Founder of Second Chance Toys, presents Dr. Timothy McCabe of the Westfield Pediatric Dental Group with a certificate of appreciation.

P1010007Members of the Head Start team load up Second Chance Toys for distribution to children ages 3 - 5 in their Perth Amboy Center. The effort was coordinated by Karen Boateng of the Community Development Institute.

Sasha_liptonThe Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Union in New Jersey presented Sasha Lipton, founder of Second Chance Toys, with a Resolution in recognition of her efforts. They congratulated Sasha for her dedication to helping others in conjunction with a donation of 125 Second Chance Toys to the Union County Toy Drive. Gathering to present the Resolution to Sasha at the Union County Administration building in Elizabeth, NJ along with the donation of Second Chance Toys are (from left to right) Mary Krech, Toy Drive Coordinator, Union County Department of Human Services, Bette Jane Kowalski, Chairwoman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Sasha Lipton (holding the offical Resolution), and Angel G. Estrada, Vice Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Sasha received the formal Resolution following an official dedication in the Board room at the Freeholders meeting.

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The entire second grade class at the Irwin Elementary School in East Brunswick collected plastic toys as part of a social studies unit about community and doing good for others. Second Chance Toys helped the class connect with Head Start of Middlesex County and orchestrate a donation. The children donated nearly 100 toys, many of which were their own. Second Chance Toys was on hand to present the class with a Certificate of Appreciation for their hard work in helping other children and the environment. Directors from Head Start had an entire bus load of toys to deliver to the children they serve. 

Picture1_2We continue to check rescued toys against lists published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/category/toy.html in a continued effort to ensure the toys we collect are acceptable for donation. Any toys resembling those on the list are disposed of through local plastic recycling programs. While the majority of Second Chance Toys rescued are 5 or more years old, we continue to be diligent to ensure the more recent recalled toys are eliminated from any donations.

Elkingcell_largeAs Second Chance Toys continues rescuing hundreds of toys for needy children, the need for batteries is growing. Many of the battery operated plastic toys we receive are inoperable for children to enjoy. Please help and let us know of a source for all kinds of batteries to fuel these toys for kids. We are in need of AAA, AA, C and D batteries whether Duracell, Energizer, Eveready or generic. Please contact us at slipton@secondchancetoys.org with donations of any kind. Help us bring these toys back to life!!

HelpPlease help Second Chance Toys identify families, schools, students, Girl Scouts, kid's clubs, environmental groups, community organizations or religious groups that are looking to do something good through a great community service project.

There are plenty of toys to be rescued and loads of organizations with children in need of our toys. What we really need is your help in creating the much needed bridge between the toys and the kids. Email everyone you know and let them know about Second Chance Toys!!

Our goal is to encourage others to adopt this wonderful community service program whether it's on a once a year basis or an ongoing program. Please help us spread the word and let us know if you know of others interested in helping save our environment and contribute to needy children.

Thanks in advance for your help in spreading the word with everyone you know!!!!

Together we can really make a difference!

Picture1_5Investors Savings Bank (https://www.isbnj.com), an independent community bank in New Jersey has opened more of it's doors to help facilitate the collection of Second Chance Toys in the Morris and Essex County areas. The six branches which are accepting toys include Madison, Livingston Plaza, Livingston SBA, Chatham, Denville Commons and Denville Station. For a complete list of location addresses and hours, please go to http://www.isbnj.com/home/loc.

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.

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