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December 2009

Second Chance Toys Prepares to Conclude 2009 Holiday Toy Collections Bringing Much Needed Smiles to Over 10,000 Kids

Help  With over 100 community-wide plastic toys collections in four states coming to conclusion this week, Second Chance Toys is hitting new records and bringing miles of smiles to needy children for the 2009 holidays.
The goal is to continue building this good & green initiative nation-wide. We are looking for national retail partners to help serve as plastic toy drop-off locations, which in turn become tremendous traffic drivers. Let's talk about how you can help us leverage this much needed community service and and we can help drive your business goals in the process. Please email: to get the discussion started.

Logan Annex Head Start Celebrates Toy Give-away with Second Chance Toys of PA

Logan3 All the great kids at Logan Annex Head Start went home with “just like new” toys on December 22, compliments of Second Chance Toys of PA.  Santa Claus personally visited with each and every child and there were plenty of smiles all around.  Second Chance Toys of PA was also able to provide Logan Annex Head Start with four, much needed, new computer systems (one for each classroom), kindly donated by TargetRx, Inc.  Logan lost all their computer equipment when their original location burnt to the ground earlier this year.  It is tremendous to help such a great group of teachers, children and families get back on their feet!  Happy holidays!

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Second Chance Toys of PA Helps Trinidad Head Start Kick Off the Holiday Season

Trinidad1 Trinidad2 The staff and children of Trinidad Head Start on West Sedgeley Ave. in North Philadelphia put on a great holiday songfest on Tuesday, December 22.  Second Chance Toys of PA staff were on hand for the festivities and helped out by making sure that each and every child went home with a great holiday toy!  Santa made an appearance and a GREAT time was had by all!  Ho!  Ho!  Ho!

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Second Chance Toys of PA Reaches New Milestone: Surpasses 7,000 Plastic Toys Recycled!

KyleCara Cara (age 16) and Kyle Scott (age 18), co-founders of Second Chance Toys of PA, wish to thank all who have contributed to the spectacular growth of our grass roots organization.  We rely on the kindness of friends, strangers and anyone who is willing to just help.  The result?  In 2 and ¼ years, we have been able to keep out of the landfill over 7,000 great, gently used plastic toys.  Better yet, we have delivered these “just like new” toys to deserving kids throughout our community.  What could be better?  A Win for the Environment. A Win for the Kids.  A Win for Meeting Great People like YOU who have been willing to pitch in and help!  Thank you so much!

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Mill Creek Elementary School Toy Drive Fills The Truck!

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The holiday toy drive conducted by students, teachers, staff and parents of Mill Creek Elementary School in Warrington, PA literally filled the Second Chance Toys truck (lent by our partners at 1-800-Got-Junk?) on Friday December 11.  What an amazing haul by this spirited community.  Toys collected were distributed to Bucks County Head Start in Morrisville, PA, the Samuel Everitt and Walter Miller Elementary Schools, in Levittown, PA, and Little Kids College and the Howley School in Trenton, NJ.  Hey Mill Creek -- Thanks for doing so much to help so many kids and protect our environment!

With 1-800-Got-Junk? On Hand, Who Needs Reindeers!

For several years now, 1-800-Got-Junk? franchisees have been volunteering their manpower, time and trucks to pick up and deliver toys collected all over New Jersey. Many thanks go to New Jersey franchisees, Drew Trautman, Doug Martin and Jim Barnett for all their help and hard work. They picked up, carried, loaded, hauled, unloaded toys from locations in ten counties, and delivered 5,564 toys to 20 organizations that care for children in need. As a result of their volunteered time and energy, many children received toys for the holidays! We are sincerely grateful for their support and commitment to helping children and the environment. Pictured is Drew Trautman, picking up toys collected by students of Evergreen School.

Investors Savings Bank Branches Overflow with Toys

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Once again, Investors Savings Bank branches served as drop off locations for Second Chance Toys’ New Jersey collection. A total of 5,564 toys were collected from the 65 participating branches and their headquarters! Pictured are employees at Investors Savings Bank Headquarters with some of the gently used plastic toys donated.

Nearly 10,000 Plastic Toys Rescued and Donated to Organizations Serving Children in Need

Thanks to all our friends and partners from the community, Second Chance Toys rescued and donated nearly 10,000 toys for children in need this holiday season. Together we are truly helping to make a difference in the lives of others as well as our planet earth. Visit us again in March 2010 for more information about our Earth Week toy drive.

Students Learn About Giving At a Young Age

Mendham The Mendham Cooperative Nursery School conducted its second annual Second Chance Toy drive in December 2009.  The small preschool in Mendham, New Jersey has a big heart and a history of giving back to the community.  It collected over 70 gently used plastic toys, which will be sent to children in Honduras.  What a great way, especially during the holidays, for the school’s little ones to learn about recycling and giving to other children.

Junior Girl Scout Troop in Elmwood Park, Illinois Collects Hundreds Plastic Toys for YMCA

Junior Girl Scout troop 42724 out of St. Celestine School in Elmwood Park, Illinois are pictured here organizing the hundreds of gently used plastic toys that they collected for the Austin YMCA in the Chicago area. The YMCA was so grateful for the wonderful toys that made the holidays brighter for so many children!! Members of the troop include Judi Aldape, Hayley Ashby, Elizabeth Ptack, Jessica Lococo, Arlisse Lim, Samantha and Laruen Hiatt-Wilson, and Erika Balce.
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