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Sharaay Tefila's Collections Continue to Delight!

For the past 10 years in a row, Temple Sharaay Tefila has been mobilizing parents and kids to donate their outgrown plastic toys to benefit local children in need. Their participation year after year, which has helped tens of thousands of children and kept as many pounds of plastic out of our landfills, exemplifies Tikkun Olam, a Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness to help repair the world.

Every year our partners, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? help us by picking up the large collection of toys at Sharaay Tefila and delivering them to the designated organization. This year P.S. 112, Jose Celso Barbosa School, was the recipient and each child got to pick out a toy. Both the students and staff were delighted.

Congregant Alan Branfman, has coordinated the synagogue's drives year after year and makes it a point to attend the toy distribution at the organization itself. "There is nothing like seeing the children's faces light up when they are given a good-as-new colorful toy," he exclaimed. "It is wonderful to be able to have such a huge impact on so many children simply through reuse of outgrown toys," he continued.

Second Chance Toys is especially grateful for the participation and toy donations of the Sharaay Tefila nursery school. Many people were directly involved in making the collection such a success, including: Amy Schwach (Executive Director), Bonnie Blanco (Early Childhood Director), Jennifer Blaustein (Early Childhood Committee Chair), Taylor Chesney and Laura Erlich (Parents Association Co-Leaders) and Allison Dwork and Ali Berkley (Mitzvah Moms).

Thank you all for your continued participation and goodwill. Second Chance Toys is so very grateful.