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January 2017

Sharaay Tefila Synagogue Spreads Joy Across Upper Manhattan


Sharaay Tefila Synagogue in Manhattan collects close to 600 toys for Second Chance Toys every holiday. This year the toys were divided among three locations including ECDO Adam Clayton Powell Early Learning Center, Parents Association PS 194 and Greater Harlem Healthy Start, all located in upper Manhattan.

Toys Go to Fire Victims in MD

Under the direction of Fran Miller, the Early Childhood Center at the Washington Hebrew Congregation once again collected hundreds of colorful plastic toys this holiday to be donated to Clifton Park Baptist Church for their community distribution. Randi Drewry at the church made sure that some of the toys were distributed to victims of the Long Branch apartment fire (pictured), as well as the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School, both in Silver Spring, MD.

Q&A with Ridgewood Savings Bank’s Domenico Ciaccio

Founded in 1921, Ridgewood Savings Bank operates 33 branches across Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Long Island and Westchester County. Ridgewood is known for having a positive impact on its customers and the people in the communities where its branches are based.

Giving Thanks for Uber Pickup During Operation Toy Drive NYC

Bronna Lipton, from Second Chance Toys, presented Uber with certificates of appreciation for their participation in the very successful Operation Toy Drive NYC. Uber offered a one-day FREE pickup of gently-used plastic toys to its customers in all 5 boroughs of NYC and in Hudson and Union Counties in NJ. Many thanks to Raquel Rosenberg (left) and Katie Dunn (right) for spearheading the respective efforts of Uber NY and Uber NJ to help hundreds of children in need and the environment!

Toy Tales #5: Thankful for a Happy Christmas

In 2013 Danaya Dickson gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Dakoda. Like every mom, she wanted the best for her child, but it was difficult for her to make ends meet. So when Christmas rolled around that year, and for the next 2 years after that, Danaya was not able to provide her daughter with any gifts that were directly from her. Fortunately her extended family provided some gifts of their own.

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Montclair NJ Schools Help Each Other

As you can see from the photo, Edgemont Montessori School, Montclair, NJ amassed more than the 50 toys they originally thought they would collect. Montclair Child Development Center was the beneficiary of these good-as-new plastic toys. Dory Hack commented, "We thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity for Edgemont students to think about others' needs. Looking forward to doing it again next year!"


Tashua School Makes It Six In A Row

For a sixth consecutive year, Tashua Elementary School in Trumbull, CT collected toys for those in need. As a result of their time and energy, 300 beautiful plastic toys were donated to Community Closet in Bridgeport. Thank you Jim Sullivan and all the students at Tashua for your consistent donations year after year!!

Team Approach to Successful Operation Toy Drive NYC

NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner, Kathryn Garcia, gave her support at Operation Toy Drive NYC's kick-off. As a part of the drive, Kidville collected and cleaned all the toys, Uber provided a day of free pickups, and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? delivered over 1,000 donated toys to organizations throughout NYC--toys that were saved from a trip to a landfill. All in all, it was a great team effort!

​NYC Dept. of Sanitation Commissioner, Kathryn Garcia, at the kick-off

Milestone 250,000th Toy Donated!

​Toy donation, including the 250,000th toy donated, at Babyland Family Services, Inc. in Newark, NJ

Who would have ever thought that when Sasha Lipton began collecting toys back in 2006, and donated them to Babyland Family Services in Newark, that 10 years later Babyland would receive the 250,000th toy donated by Second Chance Toys!!