**Disclosure: Thanks to Old Spice for sponsoring this program. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**
Do you remember when I told you recently that I was partnering with Old Spice and Second Chance Toys to help collect gently used, clean plastic toys for their HoliSPRAY Toy Donation Exchange? I was chosen to help collect toys that would be distributed locally through the nonprofit organization Second Chance Toys. This was a first-of-its-kind, phil-MAN-thropic holiday exchange by Old Spice and I was so excited to be a part of it.
Second Chance Toys is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to keeping plastic toys out of landfills by donating them to children in need throughout local communities since 2006. I was thrilled when I heard that the donated toys were going to be given to kids right in our own community.
The toy exchange was held at my son’s dojo. They have lots of families in and out of there every day, so I figured that the toy drive would get more exposure if I held it there.
The drive was held at:
America’s Best Defense (ABD)
1470 New State Highway
Raynham, MA 02767
The folks at ABD let me leave the bin for the toy donations in their lobby, so it was easy to spot as soon as you walked in the door. For every family that donated, someone who was working at the counter helped to hand out a bottle of Old Spice’s new Re-fresh Body Spray (one per family) to them in exchange for their donation.
Because I am there with my son (and for my own classes because I train there, too) numerous times per week, I was able to check on the progress every time I was there. Two days into the toy drive, I was very happy to see that the bin was already half full.
Last Saturday, I went over to ABD to pick up the donations and was so happy to see that we got such a great response:
A couple of the instructors at the dojo helped me load everything into my car & I brought it home so that I could go through all the toys to make sure they were in good shape and that nothing was broken.
Everyone that donated made my job easy because everything was in great shape!
Yesterday a courier came to pick everything up from my house. There was a total of three boxes, two large bags and one smaller bag that were all filled with toys. I ended up with a grand total of 251 donated toys ranging from games to mini action figures.
If you’re wondering where all the toys went, they were donated to the South Shore Community Head Start in Plymouth, MA. There are some pretty cool toys heading their way, so I bet there are going to be lots of big smiles on the kids faces when they get them.
I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in my community that took the time to donate toys for some deserving children who otherwise would have gone without this holiday season. I am honored that I was able to be a part of making the holidays a little more special for some local families.