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Booz Allen Hamilton Expands Collections to 8 Offices

For the past three years, Virginia-based management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) held gently used plastic toy collections as part of April’s Earth Day events. Not only does the quantity of collected toys continue to grow, but so does the participation of more Booz Allen offices.

This year, the Booz Allen Sustainability Program Management Office coordinated the involvement of eight offices throughout Virginia, DC, Maryland, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Each team provided collection areas or boxes within their offices, cleaned the toys to look good-as- new, and donated them to local organizations matched by Second Chance Toys. This year’s program was co-chaired by employee volunteers Elaine Soya and Kathy Medici, with the cleanup supported by employee forums as part of Take Your Children to Work Day.

"We are thrilled to see enthusiasm for this program growing internally," said Sustainability Program Manager Elizabeth Wayt. "Teams are helping local children in need while doing something meaningful in celebration of Earth Month."

In some instances, volunteers themselves delivered collections of used toys directly to their local organization. "Seeing the smiling faces of the deserving children and knowing that we were directly responsible for bringing so much happiness warmed our hearts," remarked DC volunteer Nadine Goff.

Here's how the Booz Allen volunteer efforts helped make a difference:

• Booz Allen offices donated a total of 1,500 toys
• Approximately 6,000 lbs. of plastic were kept out of landfills
• Eight organizations benefited from the toy donations
• Employee children who donated learned important life lessons of giving and reuse
• An average of 4,500 smiles will be generated with each round of play (an average of three children per toy)

Second Chance Toys is grateful for the time, effort, and enthusiasm devoted to this growing Earth Month program at Booz Allen and for the firm’s recognition of our mission in the way of a generous grant.