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January 2014

14th Street Y Parents Association Volunteers to Help NYC Kids

Volunteers from the 14th Street Y Parents Association in NYC have collected over 250 gently used plastic toys for their very deserving recipients at the Upper Room International Ministries homeless service in Queens.

Omaha Volunteers Take it One Step Further

Jamie Brown from Omaha, Nebraska, along with other members of the Omaha Atheists Group, volunteered to collect gently used plastic toys for the holidays -- little did they know, they would all end up doing much more.

The assigned recipient organization for their donation happened to be Nebraska’s largest homeless shelter. The shelter provides food, emergency shelter and clothing, along with outreach/case management to homeless families and individuals.

21,532 Toys for the Holidays!

This holiday season Second Chance Toys conducted 125 collections in 26 states reaching a total of 21,532 toys collected!

Thanks to our amazing supporters who continue to spread word of the SCT mission, Second Chance Toys is keeping thousands of pounds of plastic out of landfills and donating beautiful toys to children in need all over the country.

Beat the Cold by Doing Good

The weather outside has been frightful. Much of the country has been dealing with snow and extreme cold weather that has kept people indoors with fingers and toes tingly from the cold. If you're stuck inside, there's a way to make the time pass and it'll warm your heart too.

Kidville Franchises Collect Close to 3,000 Toys

Thanks to the dedication of our friends at Kidville, close to 3,000 gently used plastic toys were collected and donated around the country for the holidays.

Kidville associates volunteered their time to spread the word and promote the Second Chance Toys mission within each of their communities. Their efforts resulted in an amazing response from Kidville constituents and the donated toys were absolutely wonderful.

Resolve to Give Back: 7 Ways You Can Serve Your Community in the New Year

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is behind us, many of us have thoughts of becoming a better person in 2014. Some may choose health and wellness, while others choose financial improvement, but there is also the select group of kind souls who resolve to give back to the community.

You might wonder which volunteer opportunity is right for you. Here’s a list of 7 ways you can serve your community.

SCT Volunteer Encourages Florida Community to Make a Difference

Florida resident, Emily Riggans, reached out to Second Chance Toys two months prior to our 2013 Holiday collection. Once she learned of our organization she couldn’t wait to jump in to help the SCT mission.

Emily began her volunteer efforts by encouraging her community to get involved. She reached out to her local Fire Department as well as many friends and family across South Florida—all were very excited to help.