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Johnson & Johnson Shares Tips and Highlights from 3rd Annual Collection

Two years ago, our EarthServe team for J&J facilities in Raritan, NJ was very excited to learn about Second Chance Toys. As a campus green team, our goal is to promote sustainable business practices and to encourage reducing, reusing and recycling. The Second Chance Toys program is a win-win for us because it keeps plastic toys out of landfills and gives them a reuse purpose as playthings for children with fewer advantages. This is our third successful annual used toy drive. We find that putting up flyers and publishing articles in our quarterly newsletter gets the word out well internally. We start publicizing before Thanksgiving, so people who wish to donate can use the holiday break to clean out their children’s toy chests. When the drive is over, we sort the toys, making sure that everything is clean and nothing is broken. Then we count and photograph the collection and finally we arrange to make the delivery to the organization(s) we have been matched with by Second Chance Toys. The toy delivery is the best part, of course, providing us an opportunity to feel like Santa Claus and see all the smiles generated as a result of our efforts.   -Catherine Pherson, EarthServe Member