SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Second Chance Toys has announced the donation of their 300,000th toy. Over the years this charitable nonprofit has been working to promote collections of gently used plastic toys and match them with organizations that serve children in need.
The 300,000th toy came from the collection at Evergreen School in Scotch Plains. The elementary school, under the direction of principal, Colleen Haubert, and with the help of the PTA and their Kids Care group, has been participating in collections with Second Chance Toys for the last 10 years.
"The community has come to expect the collections, saving up their outgrown plastic toys for the twice-yearly program. At each of their one-hour collections the school brings in an average of 500 toys," Principal Haubert said.
The organization will be celebrating this milestone donation with Vince Lombardi Center of Hope, located in Newark, NJ, the city where Second Chance Toys made their very first donation 12 years ago. Over the years, Second Chance Toys has donated many thousands of toys in Newark that have brought smiles and happiness to thousands of families faced with difficult circumstances.
Bronna Lipton, Executive Director, Second Chance Toys, recalls their first ever toy donation which was made in Newark, NJ.
"We will never forget the feelings of excitement and how thrilled the children were to receive our good-as-new plastic toys. We could have never imagined, that the donation would not only lead to our becoming a nonprofit serving organizations all over the country, but that we would be back in Newark a dozen years later donating our 300,000th toy," she continued.
Toys will be delivered with the help of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, who over the last decade has generously volunteered their trucks, manpower and time to transport supersized collections for Second Chance Toys. Without their participation, Second Chance Toys would not be able to manage large-scale donations. "Their involvement is key," noted Lipton. "Because of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, so many more children are able to reap the social, emotional and developmental benefits that playing with toys provides, and they help keep thousands of pounds of plastic out of our landfills," she added.
Second Chance Toys has requests for over 350,000 used plastic toys a year, and that is just from the organizations that have registered on their website. They are putting out a call for individuals, troops, houses of worship, corporations and businesses to sign up at Second Chance Toys to conduct collections for the holidays. They help the process easy by providing collection tips and resources and then they match your collection with a local organization to pick up your toys.
With the holidays around the corner, it is a very pressured time of year for many parents to provide gifts for their children. With so many families struggling just to put food on the table, collecting gently used plastic toys is a great way to get involved and show your kids the true meaning of the Season of Giving.