For a Good Cause: Second Chance Toys

Plastic toys. I know you’ve got ‘em. These sometimes bulky, brightly colored eyesores are covering your living room floor right about now. And don’t even get me started on the action figures.

This is where Second Chance Toys comes in and saves the day. Founded in 2006, they rescue and recycle plastic toys for children in need by donating them to community organizations. Bonus: Because non-biodegradable plastic is kept out of our landfills, Second Chance Toys is helping the environment at the same time.

The toy guidelines are simple. They collect:

  • Plastic only
  • Clean / gently used
  • No small or missing parts (*Parts that can fit through a toilet paper roll are too small.)
  • Batteries in toys need to operate

There collection areas are New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and across New Jersey.

A full list of donation sites by area is on their website.

New York City! Note the Kidville donation drive at all locations from May 6 to May 13.

Photographs credits go to Scott Clark Photo via Domaine and 100 Layer Cakelet.