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P1010005 Sasha Lipton donates 85 toys to the Family and Children's Services of Central NJ to help the toddlers in the Family Child Home Program. Pictured are Tania Tapia, program manager and Marla Rivera, her assistant, who work with parents to show them how to use the toys to play with and teach their children.

Hh Toy rescue efforts from numerous families throughout Bergen and Union counties yielded another batch of plastic toys for underprivileged children of Honduras. Through a continued partnership with the non-profit, Helping Honduras of Union City, NJ, Second Chance Toys is helping to bring miles of smiles to kids in rural communities. 

P1010001 Pamela Schacter, M.S. Ed., Program Manager, at University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ accepts 30 Second Chance Toys from Sasha Lipton that were collected specifically to help the toddlers in her Early Intervention Program develop skills.The following is a testimonial letter:

Dear Sasha-Wow!  I brought my second load of toys from you into the office today and my staff were so excited!  We operate on such a limited budget that we rarely are able to buy new toys for our program.  I set aside a toy that has noise and vibrates for a child we serve who is deaf-blind.  Her physical therapist was so excited to have it to give to the family.This afternoon I was observing my Occupational Therapist in the home of a little boy who is partially paralyzed in one arm.  I asked his mom if she had toys to use to help him learn to use both hands.  She said no, she really couldn't afford to buy new toys.  I came back to the office and set aside blocks, pop beads and a farm for the therapist to bring to him on the next visit.These are just a few of the concrete examples of the amazing good that your work is doing.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Together we are better, and together we are making a real difference!Pam Schachter, M.S. EdEarly Intervention Program Manager, UMDNJ

P1010005Just in time for their May shipment of toys to Honduras, Second Chance Toys funneled several collections of toys to Helping Honduras. Helping Honduras received a total of 550 toys from the Girl Scouts of Brayton School in Summit, NJ, Roots and Wings Family Daycare Center in Skillman, NJ and from donations given directly to Second Chance Toys by individuals. The toys will be distributed by officials in Honduras to the needy, hospitals and schools. We are very happy to help Juan Pablo Cardenas and his crew of hard working volunteers that work hard to help their country. For more information on Helping Honduras go to www.helpinghn.org

Dscn4602The Roots and Wings Family Daycare Center in Skillman, NJ is closing and needed to find a home for 200 toys. They contacted Second Chance Toys and were very happy to find a way to put these toys to good use. These toys, including some large plastic playground toys and two large plastic houses were all part of the donation that went to Helping Honduras. The large playground toys will be used at schools and community centers that help the poor.

The Girl Scouts at Brayton School held a Second Chance Toys collection at their school on May 3rd. They worked very hard to collect, clean and tag 200 toys with Second Chance Toys hang tags. Coordinated by Sara Kaplan, the girls and their parents were happy to take part in a really meaningful program that not only helped children less fortunate than they, but one that would help the environment too! It was a great way to learn to reuse and recycle. Their toys are being shipped to Honduras to help children all over the country.

P1010042The Goddard School in Sparta, NJ in cooperation with Second Chance Toys conducted a toy rescue and recycling program led by the PTO. Over 145 toys were collected and donated to the Branchville Head Start.

734787147208_0_bgThe Brownies of Amsterdam Elementary School Troop 35 collected approximately 250 toys from many generous people in the community.

Chelsea, Julie, Taylor, Isabella, Ann Marie, Jessica, Jenna, Angela, Christina, Cara, and Riya spent part of a meeting decorating a toy collection box and creating a poster for the Toy Rescue Drive.  For the poster, Co-Op Leader Claudia Ganas helped each girl trace their hand and titled it “The Earth is in Our Hands”.  They placed the flyer to collect clean, gently used toys in the center of their poster.  They also sent a flyer home with all students in their school. For the next two weeks they watched their toy collection box overflow in the entry way of their school.     

The photo with some of the brownies was taken after only the first week of the troops toy rescue efforts. The teachers from the Somerset County Head Start programs at 3 different schools will get first pick of the toys for their classrooms. The remaining toys will go to low income families in the local community. "Great job girls and great program Second Chance Toys" noted the Co-Op Troop Leader, Alisa Ugalde, who organized the program.          

                            

Second Chance Toys of PA announced today that Earth Week toy donations benefited hundreds of children in our area and have helped catapult total donations to more than1,500 toys. Second Chance Toys of PA is a community-based program started by local high-school students, Kyle and Cara Scott, that collects and recycles gently used plastic toys for distribution to disadvantaged children throughout our region.

The Scotts have been collecting toys since the summer of 2007 with donations often provided by families whose kids have outgrown toys that are still in good condition.  For Earth Week, many others in our local community also pitched in to help. Toy drives were successfully run by students at Hallowell Elementary School in Horsham, employees of Kulicke & Soffa, Inc. in Fort Washington, and the Brownies of Pine Run Elementary School in New Britain.  Eric Blum, local franchise owner for 1-800-GOT-JUNK? (http://www.1800gotjunk.com/us_en/), also volunteered and helped transport collected toys to some of the donation centers.  During Earth Week, hundreds of low-income, deserving children in Warminster, North Philadelphia, Pottstown, Mercer County, and Trenton, NJ were the happy recipients of the toys.

If you would like to donate plastic toys to the Second Chance Toys of PA effort, please call 215-990-8615 or email craigoscott@aol.com.

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Cara (age 15) and Kyle Scott (age 17), co-founders of Second Chance Toys of PA.

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Kyle and Cara Scott with happy Head Start children and lots of “Second Chance Toys” in  Warminster, PA.

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Smiling kids and caregivers at the pediatric day health center at the Millhouse in Trenton, NJ enjoy new playground equipment from Second Chance Toys of PA.

In an effort to keep extruded plastic out of our landfills, Trailside Nature and Science Center of Union County, NJ started collecting plastic toys from visitors to the Center on Earth Day and for a couple of weeks thereafter. They donated the toys to the Union County Department of Human Services, Social Services Division, which serves 3,000 families in the area. Karen Inzillo, assistant director of Trailside was excited to work with Second Chance Toys on this program and hopes to do a similar collection in November, just before the holidays.

Reexposure4_of_dscn1838In celebration of Earth Day, Second Chance Toys of  NYC held its first toy drive in a 45 story high rise on the Upper East Side.  “They say, charity begins at home, so I decided to reach out to my neighbors and ask for their help” according to Jocelyn Goldberg, founder of the NYC chapter. The 350-unit building houses more than 100 families with children of all ages.  We went door-to-door and collected over 85 plastic toys, many of which were in perfect condition and destined for the scrap heap. “Why not give them a second chance with children who could really use them.’’  Toys are being donated to Homes for the Homeless in the South Bronx. HFH shelters over 630 homeless families with more than 1,200 children each day at five separate sites across New York City.  They provide education, shelter, and training to assist parents and children on their way to long-term stability.  For more information on Second Chance Toys or to donate your gently used plastic toys you can reach Jocelyn by emailing her at JocelynSCT@nyc.rr.com

For Earth Day, Evergreen School PTA in Scotch Plains coordinated a toy collection with Second Chance Toys and donated 325 toys to the Union County Department of Social Services.

P1010006_3Pictured are Second Chance Toys founder, Sasha Lipton, and the fourth graders that helped tag the toys with messages from the students.

P1010008_2Accepting a Certificate of Appreciation from Sasha Lipton are (l to r) Lisa Zimmerman, PTA President, Colleen Haubert, Principal Evergreen School and Lisa O’Brien of the PTA.

Receiving the toys collected by the Paramus community program including four elementary schools and the New Jersey Children's Museum are Head Start programs in Bergenfield and Hackensack, both part of the Bergen County Community Action Partnership.

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Maribel Tapia, administrative assistant at the Head Start Program of Bergenfield, was happy to receive nearly 200 Second Chance Toys for the facility. Joining her is Drew Trautman, Franchise Partner, New Jersey North East for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, who generously donated transportation services for the Paramus toy drive.

P1010028Happily receiving a delivery of nearly 200 Second Chance Toys for the Hackensack Head Start facility is Alina Moyano, family advocate at the center.

Nearly 400 toys were collected by elementary school students at four public schools in Paramus, NJ as part of a community-wide effort to celebrate Earth Week.

P1010006Kristen Haverstick (left), first grade teacher at Midland School receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Second Chance Toys. Joining her is Drew Trautman, Franchise Partner, New Jersey North East for 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, who generously donated transportation services for the Paramus toy drive.

P1010017_2Receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Second Chance Toys for their toy collection efforts is Dr. Mary Anne Evangelist (left) principal of Parkway School and Brooke Friedman (right) the third grade teacher who organized the toy collection program.

P1010018In recognition of their Earth Week toy rescue efforts, Jeanine Nostrame (left) principal of Ridge Ranch School and Noel Drower (right) head of the school's Respect Committee, who organized the toy collection program, receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Second Chance Toys for their initiative.

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Sharing in the recognition for their school's participation in the Earth Week toy collection program with Second Chance Toys are Jack, Emma, and Luke, all students at Memorial School.

P1010007The New Jersey Children's Museum in Paramus kicked off a month long celebration of Earth Week activities at the museum with a toy rescue and recycling program in conjuction with Second Chance Toys. Museum patrons who bring a used plastic toy in good condition will receive a return pass for a future visit. Toys will be collected from April 1st through April 30th. Go to http://www.njcm.com/ for more information including toys specifications and drop-off times. Receiving a Certificate of Appreciation for their efforts is Josephine Napolitano, assistant manager of the museum, joined by Anthony, age 4, who enjoyed all the activities the museum has to offer.

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