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AIG Employees Donate Plastic Toys, Spring 2022

Once again, AIG has joined forces with Second Chance Toys to hold a nationwide virtual toy drive. This initiative gave employees a sustainable way to repurpose plastic toys, saving them from landfills and putting them in the hands of refugee children whose families have resettled in Michigan. For the past couple of years,AIG has been one of our wonderful Valued Supporters, and we’re so happy to have the community on our team.   


This season’s toy drive was held in celebration of AIG’s Global Volunteer Month. SCT provided donation tips and information and invited employees to send outplayed plastic toys to an accredited SCT recipient organization. AIG generously underwrote shipping costs and ran multiple communication campaigns encouraging employees to participate. “Partnering with SCT again this year enabled more colleagues to support this incredible organization and cause. Employees had the opportunity to give their children’s toys a second home, thus helping those in need and our planet,” said Pamella Rodrigues, Director of Global Corporate Citizenship at AIG.                  

The matching organization for this toy drive was Hand Connected, the children’s program at the Refugee Education Center of Grand Rapids, MI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2006 by a group of Somali Bantu refugees, passionate about equal access to formal education. According to the center’s website, the group “...organized and created what is now the Refugee Education Center with the vision of supporting refugee children in West Michigan as they began their new education in a foreign land.”

We are proud to report that during Global Volunteer Month, AIG sent hundreds of beautiful preloved plastic toys directly to Grand Rapids where they will be used in classrooms and distributed to families that the center is helping to welcome to the Midwest, U.S.A. We are so honored to have AIG’s continued support both in front of and behind the scenes and their true devotion to the environment and kids in need.