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As the holiday season approaches, I am inspired to focus on charitable giving.

Last year I was trying to figure out what to do with a bunch of toys we had that were in great condition but my kids didn’t play with much anymore. A quick Google search led me to Second Chance Toys.

Second Chance Toys is a non-profit organization that collects your gently-used plastic toys and donates them to children in need. Collections are held twice a year, for Earth Day and during the December holiday season.

The premise is simple– playing with a toy is what childhood is all about. But what if one of the 14 million U.S. children living in poverty doesn’t have a toy under the tree to wake up to on Christmas morning? That is sad, and it’s something that is so easily remedied.

Why not go through your playroom and find some really fun toys that would make another child’s face light up?

I bet I could fill two cardboard boxes with toys that are in great condition and ready to be donated.

Can you?

To me, this type of giving is a no-brainer. You are decluttering your home of excess toys AND you are making a child’s life a little happier with a new toy.

Give toys a second chance by donating to Second Chance Toys!

Some rules about the toys– must be plastic, must be clean/gently-used, batteries must work, no small or missing parts, and parts small enough to fit in a toilet paper tube are too small.

So here’s what you do:

  1. Find the nearest Second Chance Toys drop-off location.
  2. Gather up your toys and bring them to donate.
  3. If there is no Second Chance Toys drop-off near you, sign up to host your own collection. You will get paired with a local business that will serve as the drop-off point. All you have to do is bring your toys there and spread the word!

Since there is no location near me, I am hosting my own Second Chance Toys holiday collection. I will let you know how it goes, but the process seems simple and painless so far.

I’m willing to bet there are at least a few toys in your household that can be of use to another child. I urge you to check out Second Chance Toys to make the holidays merry and bright for children who could really use some happiness.

Connect with Second Chance Toys on their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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