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Citi Volunteers Make It Happen!

On June 9th, Citi celebrated their Global Community Day, in which employees all over the world are offered opportunities to participate in a day of service. Second Chance Toys was thrilled to be selected this year as a non-profit partner organization.  Sharon Den, Program Manager, Employee Engagement noted, "This was a great activity for our New Jersey-based employees to participate in along with their friends and family. Many of the volunteers brought along their children, who also benefitted firsthand from the life lessons of giving and reuse."

Second Chance toys had 22 Citi Volunteers sign up to clean 900 gently used plastic toys collected by Paramus Department of Public Works throughout the year. In three-hours' time, volunteers sorted, inspected and cleaned the toys to good-as-new condition. They then bagged them all up to be readied for transport by 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to the local organizations that care for children in need.

As for the volunteers, they had a chance to meet other employees, to get to know one another outside the office, and to feel good about helping both children in need and the environment.  According to Citi Volunteer, Nikhil Gadkari, " I really found the experience rewarding. As a father of 3 boys, I’ve seen firsthand how those piles of toys add up and get discarded.  It was actually refreshing to see these toys get a second chance – and potentially make another kid get excited.”