Earth Week Inspires Toy Drive Around NJ

By Christine Valdez
Web Production Assistant

Kids receiving toys from a previous toy drive. Photo Courtesy of Lynn Munroe.

Two groups are working together to help children in need while also keeping items out of landfills.

Second Chance Toys and 1-800-Got-Junk have partnered up to deliver toys to children throughout the state. Both parties have collected, cleaned and redistributed toys for children in the past. By collecting gently used toys, their efforts have centered around Earth Week — happening April 21-25 this year — according to franchise partner Drew Trautman from New Jersey Northeast.

“Our two organizations are perfectly aligned and we have fun combining efforts to not only keep plastics out of landfills, but to help these children in need,” said Trautman.

According to Truatman, the toy drive allows both partners to show support for a cause and to kick off an Earth Week campaign. Their goal is not only to collect as many toys for children in need as possible, but also to help keep toys in good condition from going to a landfill.

In the past, Second Chance Toys has hosted toy drives with other partners. For this year’s toy drive, about seven different drop-off locations have been set up throughout New Jersey. Drop-offs can be made April 12 and 13 at the various locations and times.

In order for a donation to be accepted, toys have to be in good shape, have no missing parts and have batteries included if they are needed with the toys.

“We are very excited about this new way to collect toys, and we hope to organize this event for many years to come,” said Trautman. “And expand its reach to other parts of New Jersey and elsewhere in the country.”

In December, Second Chance Toys had partnered with 1-800-Got-Junk to deliver toys for Christmas to Newark children with New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford and Newark Mayor Luis Quintana.

Following the toy drive, all toys will go to kids within the communities where the toys are collected. All deliveries are set to be made the following Monday, April 14.

“The toys will be delivered to disadvantaged kids in the very same communities they were collected in, all while also helping the Earth by keeping those non-biodegradable plastics out of our landfills,” Trautman said. “We hope to collect thousands of toys.”

Below is the list of drop-off locations and times for the toy drives around New Jersey:

Date: April 12
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Annunication Church, West Browning Lane

Cherry Hill
Date: April 13
Time: 10 1 p.m.
Location: Cherry Hill Fire Station, 1100 Marlkress Road

Date: April 13
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Park Plaza Shopping Center, Park Avenue

Morris Township
Date: April 13
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Morris Township’s Woodland Fire Station, 20 Dwyer Lane

Date: April 13
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Doc’s Furniture Mart, Black Horse Pike

Date: April 13
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Location: Little Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Company Station 41, Route 27

Date: April 13
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Teaneck Community Police Station