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April 2008

Local Brownie Troop Helps Second Chance Toys of PA With Earth Week Toy Donations

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  

Hamilton Elementary School in Glen Rock Donates Toys For Earth Day

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.

Second Chance Toys of PA Announces Expanded Community Partnerships to Support Upcoming Earth Week Toy Donations

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

Second Chance Toys debuts in New York City

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