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Second Chance Toys of PA delivered toys to children at Morrisville Head Start in Morrisville, PA just in time for the holidays! At a special party on Tuesday, December 23, the kids and their teachers enjoyed their new toys and some great holiday snacks too. There were more than enough smiles to go around!

Parents and children from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill participated in a toy drive to support Second Chance Toys of PA toy donations during this holiday season.  The effort was part of UUCCH's Religious Education program and was a tremendous success that will benefit lots of local children in need!

On December 21st, the JCC of Central New Jersey conducted a Second Chance Toys drive as part of their Mitzvah Day activities. Pictured are two employees of the Plainfield Teen Parenting Center picking up the 40 toys that were donated in time for the holidays.

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP rallied to bring much needed toys to less fortunate New Yorkers this holiday season.  MP&S partnered with Second Chance Toys to run their 2008 toy drive.  HR Staffers Anne Marshall and Jessica Helf rallied the troops by setting aggressive goals, reminder emails and creating a strong commitment to keeping the giving spirit alive.  The result?  MP&S employees collected a total of 134 used and new toys! 

MP&S, whose origins date back to 1907, is the 28th largest accounting firm in the U.S., and the 15th largest in the New York area.  The company, headquarters in Manhattan, has over 500 employees with additional offices in Westchester, Long Island and the Cayman Islands.

The Mendham Cooperative Nursery School conducted a Second Chance Toy drive during the first week of December.  The small preschool in Mendham, New Jersey has a big heart and a history of giving back to the community.  It collected over 100 gently used toys and donated them to the Morristown Neighborhood House (MNH).  The preschool and its families hope that it helps make the holidays a little brighter for MNH and the 1500 children it serves in the Morris County area. What a great way, especially during the holidays, for the school’s little ones to learn about recycling and giving to others.

To make the holidays bright, close to 150 toys were distributed to the Bellmead Housing Site in Newark to many smiling children and parents!! Katrice, pictured above, contacted Second Chance Toys to provide the gently used plastic toys for a second year in a row!! 

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In the spirit of the holidays, Ridge Ranch Elementary School in Paramus, NJ collected and donated Second Chance Toys to help benefit the children of Bergenfield Child Development Center. Ms. Costello, led the toy drive along with the Student Council. They hope to have another collection for Earth Week in April 2009.

Representatives from Johnsville Head Start in Warminster, PA loaded up a bus load of toys for the 90+ boys and girls in their center.  The toys are like brand new and are going to make this holiday season a little more jolly for lots of local families who appreciate the helping hand!

The 5th - 8th graders who comprise the Youth Ministry at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown, PA decided they wanted to help Second Chance Toys with a toy drive of their own this holiday season. The results were astounding!  The kids collected and cleaned 637 toys which Second Chance Toys will donate before Christmas to deserving kids throughout Bucks County and Philadelphia, PA.  Kyle and Cara Scott who founded Second Chance Toys of PA, met with the kids at Mount Carmel to discuss how their charitable efforts will pay off to help both the environment and so many children who are in need this holiday season. What a blessing!

Thanks to Marisol, Veronica and Daniel Cuellar who gave up their toys to help other kids this holiday season! Every little bit helps and makes a big difference to children in our back yard!

Despite a continuing drone of bad economic news and job losses, New Yorkers on the Upper East Side turned out in droves to support Second Chance Toys’ holiday toy drive. 
With the help of Glenwood Management, builder, owner and operator of more than 20 luxury apartment buildings, and Agata & Valentina, purveyor of gourmet & specialty foods, the UES neighborhood came to life this week.  
Second Chance Toys rescued nearly 150 gently used plastic toys that most certainly would otherwise have been destined for a local landfill.  Instead, these toys are being recycled through donations to disadvantaged families.  Organizations like Homes for the Homeless, which provides shelter for needy families at 5 NYC locations, is finding a second chance for these non-biodegradable plastics and bringing joy & happiness to needy families at the holidays. 
According to Jocelyn Goldberg, founder of the Second Chance Toys’ NYC chapter, "It's touching to see young kids offering up their favorite toys to children they know need them more." 
Later this month, big business steps up too with toy drives at Intercontinental Hotels Barclay NY location and Marks Paneth & Shron LLP -- a 500 person regional Accounting & Professional Services firm.  These drives are being integrated into this year’s holiday celebrations in an effort to give back to the community.  1-800-Got-Junk? will provide transportation for donations and deliver toys to their new homes in the NY City area.

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A truck load of Second Chance Toys was donated to the Boll Family Center at the Detroit YMCA where Lori Bright, Child Development Center Director at the Boll Family YMCA and Lori Z. Bahnmueller, Senior Vice President, Marketing were on hand to accept the toys.
"The team at YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit were fabulous to work with and the event was a great success. The children were on hand to accept the toys with smiles a mile long" notes Deb Jones of 1-800-Got-Junk? who was responsible for collecting and donating the toys to the center.

For our first Chicago effort, 450 gently used plastic toys were collected by Cartridge World Stores in Illinois and were transported by 1-800-Got-Junk? to the Good And Green Conference where they were on display to demonstrate what could have ended up in the landfills.  The toys were then transported to the South Side YMCA in time for the holidays.

Standing in front of the display at the Chicago Cultural Center are Cheryl Furstoss and Barbar Esterquest of Cartridge World, Linda Dean of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Chris Coleman of 1-800-Got-Junk? and Sasha Lipton, founder of Second Chance Toys.
Sasha Lipton presents a certificate of appreciation to Nan McCann, president PME Enterprises, producers of the Good And Green Conference held at the Chicago Cultural Center where Sasha Lipton presented the accomplishments and future goals of Second Chance Toys.

Members of the New Jersey Children's Museum (above) collected over 240 toys as part of their Holiday Toy Drive to benefit Head Start in Bergenfield, NJ. The museum received tremendous feedback from customers who were all thrilled that they were collecting "used" toys since most toy drives this time of year expect a new toy. Customers were equally pleased to hear that the toys were going to local area children in need. The donated toys we're transported by the local 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Franchise Partner of New Jersey Northeast to the Headstart Center (below). 

Sasha Lipton, founder of Second Chance Toys, will present a donation of toys to the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago on Wednesday, December 3rd . The donation will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Good And Green Marketing Conference.

Five branches of Cartridge World have served as drop-off locations for plastic toy donations around Chicago and its suburbs and area businesses have also participated in toy rescue refforts. 

The toys will be piled in a huge mound in the rotunda of the Chicago Cultural Center to demonstate how many toys are thrown needlessly into the landfills.
Second Chance Toys, founded in 2006, has donated over 10,000 toys which has helped minimize plastic going into landfills while at the same helping children. This award-winning organization has been recognized for the waste-need solution it provides to communities.

Evergreen School in Scotch Plains, NJ teamed up with Second Chance Toys to put the "giving" in Thanksgiving. The students collected gently used plastic toys and donated them to Union County Social Services for the 3,000 families in need. The fourth graders tagged the toys and wrote special wishes on the back of each tag.