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Hallowelles_8Students from Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham, PA completed a toy drive to support Second Chance Toys of PA Earth Week toy donations. The program is one of many in the Bucks County area supporting plastic toy rescue and recycling efforts.

Picture1The Brownies of Pine Run Elementary School (Troop #21237) collected more than 60 gently used plastic toys and gave them to Second Chance Toys of PA for donation to underprivileged children during Earth Week.  Second Chance Toys of PA is a community-based program that collects and recycles gently used plastic toys for distribution to disadvantaged children throughout the local region. The local Brownie troop is led by Priscilla Hoke.  Pictured are Shelby Hoke, Priscilla’s daughter, with Kyle and Cara Scott, co-founders of Second Chance Toys of PA. 

If you would like to donate plastic toys to the Second Chance Toys of PA effort, please call 215-990-8615 or email craigoscott@aol.com.  

Dscn0336Over 450 Second Chance Toys were rescued by the students at the Hamilton Elementary School in Glen Rock, NJ as part of the school's Earth Day activities. The toys were donated to a local humanitarian organization, Helping Honduras to benefit their Niño Contento (Happy Child) program.

Picture1_2When local high school students, Kyle and Cara Scott, started Second Chance Toys of PA last summer, they knew it was a great idea but did not anticipate how quickly the community would pitch in. 

Recently, an employee at Kulicke & Soffa read about Second Chance Toys of PA and decided to engage her fellow employees to help.  She immediately presented this concept to the employee activities committee at the Fort Washington, PA-based Company of 2,700 worldwide employees and it was unanimously agreed that participation in this drive was an excellent way for Kulicke & Soffa to help.  The company’s activities committee has already begun a campaign and has solicited its U.S. employees to collect gently used plastic toys that Kyle and Cara will be able to donate as part of the Earth Week toy donations they have planned for Second Chance Toys of PA.  The K&S U.S. employees committee believes, “An effort like this brings out the best in all of our employees and we are excited about the opportunity to make a real, positive difference for the children. It’s the right thing to do”.

Kyle and Cara decided that Earth Week (April 18-27) was a perfect event for Second Chance Toys of PA to highlight for its next round of toy donations.  “The purpose of Earth Week is to heighten awareness of environmental responsibility,” says Kyle Scott, a 16-year-old high school junior at George School, Newtown, PA).  “This is a great time to remind everyone to recycle and donate their gently used plastic toys to make lots of deserving children happy.” Kyle’s sister, Cara Scott, a 15-year old high school freshman also at George School agrees.  “We are helping the environment while making a lot of kids happy,” says Cara.  “We are going to provide great toys to literally hundreds of kids during Earth Week. That is something our whole community should feel good about.”

If you would like to donate plastic toys to the Second Chance Toys of PA effort, please call 215-990-8615 or email craigoscott@aol.com

JgFirst NYC Affiliate Launched by Jocelyn Goldberg

Community service and “giving back” came to life for Jocelyn Goldberg a 7th-Grade Upper East-Sider last winter on a journey to Israel to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of a close family friend.  Traveling together with a group of 12 families (60 in total), Jocelyn had the opportunity to visit the birthplace of her ancestors and learn Israel’s magnificent history.  Instrumental to her trip was learning about charity and the real meaning of “mitzvah” -- a Hebrew word that has come to express the act of human kindness.  While there, Jocelyn helped raise money for orphans at Yeshiva Kiryat Arba in the holy city of Hebron in the West bank near the Jordanian border.   She also helped prepare lunch for over 350 poor and homeless in Jerusalem at the Hazon Yeshaya Soup Kitchen.  The trip kindled a passion for reaching out and helping the needy which she brought home with her to New York City.

Now, Jocelyn is turning 13 and has chosen Second Chance Toys as a way she can do a mitzvah for under privileged children.  By establishing the NYC Affiliate, Jocelyn says she “hopes to bring the gift of joy and happiness to less fortunate children here in New York City”.

While Jocelyn is not in school, or finding new toy donations, she enjoys soccer, ice hockey, figure skating, horseback riding and preparing gourmet dinners for friends and family at home. 

To donate your gently used plastic toys you can reach Jocelyn by emailing her at JocelynSCT@nyc.rr.com.

Elizabeth_3In recognition of Earth Week 2008, the Lower Academy of Elizabeth High School in New Jersey launched a plastic toy rescue and recycling program to benefit St. Joseph Social Service Center, which since 1983 has served the materially poor and homeless community of greater Elizabeth, NJ.

Glnews2_2Sasha Lipton, founder of Second Chance Toys, receives the Student Spotlight in the April issue of The Highlander, the Governer Livingston High School newspaper. Recognized for her community leadership, Sasha indicated that seeing the smiling faces of the children receiving the rescued plastic toys is the ultimate satisfaction.

Picture1_2The Evergreen Elementary School PTA in Scotch Plains, NJ will be working with Second Chance Toys to collect and donate plastic toys during Earth Day (April 22, 2008). As part of this initiative, the students will be including personalized messages on special hang tags which will be placed on the toys. The toys will be donated to the Union County Department of Social Services which serves 3,000 families in the area.

Picture1_3A collection of Second Chance Toys was donated to the Elizabethport Tutorial Program held at the Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ.  Accepting the toys from Sasha Lipton, founder of Second Chance Toys (standing second from left) are Pat Reed program supervisor (sitting), Latoya Otis, head counselor (standing left), and counselors Jameela Abdus-Salaam (second from right) and Tywon Robinson (right). The toys were distributed to the entire group of students attenting the weekly tutorial program.

ParamuswelFour public elementary schools in the community of Paramus, New Jersey will be doing their part this April to help save the environment while providing a gift of happiness for needy children. As part of Earth Week 2008 observances, the Memorial, Midland, Parkway, and Ridge Ranch schools will be collecting clean, gently used plastic toys. Combined with lessons on the importance of recycling and doing good, this initiative will help contribute to keeping these toys out of our landfills. The rescued and recycled toys will be donated to organizations serving disadvantaged children throughout Bergen County, New Jersey. 

Logo2The New Jersey Children's Museum will host "Celebrate Earth Day" the weekend of April 19 & 20. As part of the planned activities, the museum has teamed up with Second Chance Toys and will be accepting clean, gently used plastic toys from April 1 to April 30th and in return we will give a return pass for a future visit! During the "Celebrate Earth Day" weekend children will learn about the three R's- Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce. There will be a day full of activities that will teach children to help our environment and save the planet. The museum will be making crafts out of recycled objects. Other activities related to the event will include reading children's stories about the three R's, tips on how to Go Green at any age, and many more activities. To learn more about the New Jersey Children's Museum, please visit http://www.njcm.com or contact the museum at njcminfo@aol.com.

Spiritcommunity_logoSasha Lipton, founder of Second Chance Toys, was selected to receive a bronze Distinguished Finalist medallion in the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for recognition of outstanding volunteer work. As part of her community service work, Sasha has also qualified for the President's Volunteer Service Award on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

P1010003Members of the Head Start team are at it again loading up more than 100 Second Chance Toys for distribution to children ages 3 - 5 throughout their Middlesex County childcare centers. The toy distribution effort, which was once again coordinated by Karen Boateng (right) of the Community Development Institute, will bring miles of smiles and interactive play to the hundreds of children served by the organization.

Hh1Hh2_2                                                                                 Second Chance Toys teams up with Helping Honduras Inc. (www.helpinghn.org) to donate over 200 plastic toys to the needy children of Honduras. Sasha Lipton (left) shows Juan Pablo Cardenas, founder of Helping Honduras, some of the many toys collected for his organization before loading them up for delivery to their Union City, NJ headquarters.

As a means to cultivate insights and guide our ideas to achieve our vision, Second Chance Toys has formed an Advisory Board of distinguished professionals. Members include:

  • Dale Bornstein, Partner/Director, Global Practices, Ketchum
  • Leslie Leventman, Executive Vice President, MTV Networks
  • Craig Scott, President & CEO, TargetRx
  • Jerry Shereshewsky, CEO, Grandparents.com
  • Bronna Lipton, Spanish Teacher, Scotch Plains– Fanwood Public Schools
  • Shelly Lipton, Chief Marketing Officer, Grandparents.com

P1010002Second Chance Toys donated over 100 toys to St. Joseph Social Service Center which since 1983 has served the materially poor and homeless community of greater Elizabeth, NJ. The toys are expected to bring some cheer to the many children supported by the center. Receiving the toys from Sasha Lipton (right), founder of Second Chance Toys is Sister Jacinta Fernandez (left) representing the leadership of the center. 

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