Dec 182014

**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
Suite 22
Raynham, MA 02767

ABD Raynham

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.

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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.

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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:

Toy Donation Exchange Was a Success  #SmellcometoManhood #HoliSpray #Toysforgood

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!

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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.

Toy Donation Exchange Was a Success  #SmellcometoManhood #HoliSpray #Toysforgood pick up

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.

  146 Responses to “The Toy Donation Exchange Was a Success #SmellcometoManhood #HoliSpray #Toysforgood”

  1. Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can find out more about it here

  2. This is awesome and totally wonderful response you got for donations. Huge congrats on a job well done!!

  3. Congratulations on a job well done. It is so wonderful that so many people were able to donate to kids who need the toys 🙂

  4. Aww I’m so glad the toy donation was a success. Well done you on being part of this Robin, it’s wonderful to see community spirit still alive.

  5. Congratulations! I know kids are very happy to receive those toys. I admire you.

  6. Wow! So nice that people in your community cared and reached out to help others. Good for you for organizing it!

  7. That’s awesome that you were so successful with your toy drive! Congratulations! That will make lots of kids so happy!!!

  8. What a hugely successful toy drive! And what a great campaign for Old Spice to get involved with. It’s great to see big companies giving back.

  9. This is so wonderful – rather than to throw it up why not donate instead!

  10. Oh that’s great! I’m so glad you got such a great response and that you were able to monitor its progress! Very nice!

  11. Kudos to you for donating to those in need! You’ve inspired me to do some giving during this holiday season!

  12. I need to do something like this soooo bad

  13. Very cool! Great to help kids who otherwise wouldn’t have anything.

  14. That’s great! Here they have to be new toys to donate. I need to get rid of some old toys that the boys do not play with.

  15. Congrats on the toy donation exchange being a success! It’s great that seeing people do good for others <3

  16. That’s awesome that you did that, Robin. I love that they only donated nice items, and I love that someone came to pick it all up!!

  17. What an awesome cause…love seeing those overflowing boxes!! How exciting!

  18. That is amazing how much you got for the cause. We just donated a big garbage bag full of toys.

  19. I am so happy that that went so well and that people didn’t just ignore that bin! It is giving me a warm fuzzy feeling!! I am happy for those children who will now have something for their very own to play with.

  20. You got a lot of toys for the kids. Good for you!!! I don’t have kids so we usually buy a few things and drop them off in bins that are around town.

    • We don’t have young kids either and we usually buy a few new toys to donate to the different campaigns in our area.

  21. I love it when a community comes together and does great things. Love the success of this.

  22. That’s awesome that you got such generosity like this! I love people when they do good. Congrats on this program; it sounds great!

  23. That IS a great response! Head Start is a perfect place to donate to. Kudos!!

  24. Well done for the fantastic response! These will surely make a lot of kids very happy 🙂

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  25. It’s a great time of the year to donate to a good cause. I think it’s when families need it most! Thanks for sharing!

  26. This is absolutely wonderful. Donations are so important and can really make someone’s whole season change!

  27. This is for a great cause and my woman loves old spice smell

  28. You did awesome Robin! Way to go collecting all those toys that will get new live breathed into them again!

  29. This is so great! It sounds like everyone really embraced your toy drive and that is so wonderful.

  30. WOW! That’s so amazing! You got TONS OF DONATIONS! What a great community. We just adopted a family with a group we belong to here and got some frustrating results. I’m glad it’s not like that everywhere! Great job! And awesome that Old Spice sponsored it and donated some incentives too!

  31. Fantastic! You are an inspiration Miss! We are so behind, and we are only taking our stuff to the hospital across the street! I am going to push myself because of your example!

  32. 251 toys collected is SO AWESOME! Glad to hear it went well.

  33. How awesome! I’m so glad to hear it was a success and love that Old Spice sponsored like they did!

  34. This is such a great thing to do, I’m glad you got so many donations!

  35. So amazing to see all those donations, glad it was such a success for you!

  36. What a great way to pay it forward indeed. Kudos to you, Second Hand Toys, and Old spice for helping others families. Thanks for sharing.

  37. These toy drives are so important. We started trying to donate toys for older kids since they are often looked over.

  38. That is amazing and I’m so happy that so many people turned out to donate. It’s great when people get their kids involved, after all Christmas is all about giving and not just receiving. Although I’m sure getting a brand spanking new Re-Fresh spray was an incentive. 😀

  39. That is awesome and such a great turnout. Congrats on such a great project.,

  40. That is so awesome that so many people helped to contribute! I miss when Toys for Tots would accept gently used toys ~ we used to really empty out our toy bins before the Christmas refill with them!

  41. This is awesome! Thank you for organizing this for those kiddos!

  42. That is amazing. It looks like you received a great response. I think is great that they are taking second hand toys. So many ask for the new toys, when so many have toys that are just getting tossed away. This is wonderful. I would love to see all their little smiling faces when they got their toys.

  43. This is very great! Donating toys is something we always do as well. I think it’s great to give back.

  44. So glad your toy drive was a huge success. What a great way to reuse and share. Teaching that both sharing and recycling are very important.

  45. Congratulations on the successful toy donation! And you received all of that from just one place! That’s amazing and you are helping make someone’s Christmas wonderful!

  46. wow that looks like it was very successful. What a blessing for those kids!

  47. This is amazing. People are amazing this time of year. I was ordering something for my son on Amazon earlier this week, and added a few more toys to donate. Now to get them into the right hands this weekend!

  48. I love projects like this and it’s great to see what a success this was. There are going to be some happy kids this holiday season! Thank you for making a difference!

  49. I am so glad the toy drive was a success. It warms my heart to see how generous people can be, especially this time of year.

  50. Yah, yah yah! This makes my heart sing. I am glad to hear it turned out so well Robin.

  51. That’s so fantastic! I love to see how people step up this time of year!

  52. Now that’s what I call a success. I’m amazed at how many participated and went above and beyond the one bin. That’s awesome.

  53. Oh I love this! I am so impressed with how much you got for our donation! That is very heartwarming to see how generous people are!

  54. Awesome response! It’s so great when people really pitch in and make a difference. I love that Old Spice was involved too!

  55. What a great response and I’m sure your son learned a bit about giving in that process too! Good job!

  56. What a great way to make a difference. The worlds needs more of this!

  57. What an awesome way to give back during the holidays! I’m sure those kiddos receiving the toys will be so grateful!

  58. That is so awesome that you did this for the headstart program! We donate toys to our local centers. Love seeing others giving back too!

  59. Wow! So much fun- you did an awesome job!!!!

  60. This is wonderful to read and I am so glad that you were able to help out so many kids! I love reading stories like this!

  61. I love this review of the toy donations it makes me have a little bit of faith there is still some humanity out in this world and there are people who care about others especially during the holidays one of the hardest time of the year for family’s with kids.

  62. I am so happy that your toy drive was a success! i hope many kids are blessed with those toys this holiday season.

  63. Congratulations! That is so awesome, and it has to feel good too to be able to give all those toys away! It’s sure to make for lots of happy kids!

  64. Virtual high five! What a wonderful thing to do!

  65. Whoa that is a ton of toys! Definitely a success, so many kids will be so happy.

  66. Congratulations this was a big success. It is nice to see that people are willing to help others.

  67. I LOVE hearing success stories like this! congrats on it being so successful! And yay for little kids getting some fun presents!!

  68. It’s so amazing to see the great gifts that you were able to collect! So many toys are thrown out everyday when they could be donated instead. Good for you! 😀

  69. What an amazing response – and I’m so inspired by you!

  70. What a great idea supporting TWO causes! Supporting local families and the environment. Congrats on the success!

  71. They really did rally for you and the kids. I’m thrilled you did so well!

  72. What an amazing turn out. So glad to see that your toy drive had great support. You’ll make lots of kids happy this holiday.

  73. I absolutely love that you organized this! You collected a lot of goodies for some kids in need!

  74. oh boy! That’s a lot of toys. So glad it was a success.

  75. What a beautiful experience! It is amazing and heartwarming to see the generosity of others, 251 toys! Love to hear success stories like this!

  76. You’ve made some children very happy this year. Good job!

  77. It’s so nice to see that a sense of community is still alive and well somewhere out there. You guys did such a great thing.

  78. What an amazing response there is going to be some very happy children this Christmas 🙂 x

  79. That was a great toy drive. Everyone got a little something and you got the pleasure of knowing you did something really nice.

  80. What an awesome idea! That was sweet of you to volunteer. I wish that I lived closer to drop off toys. We took some to a local toy drive though and my son felt good about that.

  81. Aww, those pre-schoolers are going to be so happy! Great job!

  82. I’m glad the toy drive went so well! Some kids are going to be so happy!

  83. This is so inspiring. I think I’ll do this with my kids. It’s a great way to teach them the value of giving back.

  84. I am so happy the toy drive went so well. Bet the kids will be over the moon thrilled to get all these wonderful goodies.

  85. What a great response to your toy drive!!! I am sure all the kids will love the toys.

  86. Wow! This is so great that it went so well! What a great cause too!

  87. You did such a great thing! I’m sorry we missed each other, but I did donate it locally!

  88. That is so wonderful! I love to see people give! It’s the best part of the season!

  89. Wow! You guys did a GREAT job! So many kids are going to be so happy!

  90. This is awesome, we love to give back this time of year as well. in fact, I just went through the toyroom a couple days ago and have bags set aside to donate.

  91. Oh WOW…your toy drive was a huge success. I see lots a colorful goodies in that bucket, and then so much more came pouring in.

  92. This is awesome! You did a great job! That makes me soo excited for those kids!

  93. Awww so many kids will have some cool toys to pay with. Thanks for doing this. 😉

  94. It’s so awesome that you organized a donation drive like that!

  95. You did a great job with your donations! What a fun way to get the family involved too.

  96. this kinda stuff warms my heart. so glad that you got such a good response. there will be some happy kids at that centre!

  97. This looks like it turned out great! I love seeing people give back , especially during the holidays!

  98. It looks like it was a great success. I donate to the Toys for Tots program every year.

  99. That’s a lot of toys! Congratulations! Looks like a successful project.

  100. This is amazing, I love the toy drive 🙂 So amazing to give back!

  101. This is so awesome to see a whole community join forces in helping children. I love it!

  102. Second Chance Toys sounds like a really great organization. Way too many plastic toys end up in landfills and it’s sad, because so many other children could get such great use out of them. Not to mention he amount of children out there who don’t have the opportunity to receive new toys every holiday. What a great collection of toys you ended up with!

  103. Excellent organization and a great way to recycle. There are so many toys I know I wasted when I was younger. (Sad face)

  104. This is absolutely wonderful. We’re doing a bit of a clean out and giving some toys/extra art sets we have to our maid.

  105. Well done! Just shows that making a difference can be done by even a few people leading the way.

  106. What a great thing. This is a great way to teach children about the power of giving.

  107. Fantastic! Just goes to show how easy it can be to give back. There are so many children without toys, food or a home. Toys can brighten their world a lot!

  108. You got a great response for your donations! We are donating lots of toys this year!

  109. It looks like you donated quite a bit! I need to go through my childrens’ toys and donate some. I kind of dread going through them, because they have so many!


  110. I’m sure there will be a lot of smiles on those toys. Very inspiring post. Thank you for sharing.

  111. Mostly I just think of OldSpice for their commercials. It’s really nice to see them giving back in such a big way.

  112. Wow. That’s pretty cool. I always love it when pur community steps up bugger than we thought they would. K

  113. I love this! What a great way to give back to your community and protect the environment.

  114. Love having toy exchanges with friends and family. Great to see the joy on the kids’ faces.

  115. What a great idea! I love seeing people doing good especially for kids! Sounds like you had great success!

  116. That’s a lot of toys! What a great idea and great job!

  117. So happy that they toy drive turned out so well! Thanks for sharing. I love hearing how well events turn out.

  118. Congrats to you for a successful toy drive! I’m sure the kids will enjoy the toys they receive. Kudos. 🙂

  119. That’s awesome and super great idea! Congrats Robin. Great job!! I’m pretty sure kids will love ’em!

  120. This is such a great idea. We really need to do this!

  121. Wow! That is great. =) We may live in a bad world but I love hearing about all the great that people still do.

  122. I love when people come together to help others. I’m so glad you got such a great response!

  123. It’s great that you could be a part of that in some way. I love toy drives

  124. My husband’s work did a toy drive this year, too. We always try to participate.

  125. That is so awesome! I’m so glad you had such a great success.

  126. That is so great. This time of the year can be a great time for Random Acts of Kindness!

  127. Looks like a great donation! Glad you were so successful.

  128. What a great idea. I love that you kept toys out of landfills and that those that donated got a gift back. Such a nice thing to do with your family. Such a generous community too.

  129. What a great turnout of donations! You collected a lot of toys and I have worked for Head Start so I know they can always use more toys!

  130. My kids and I are going to be going through all their toys tomorrow. Getting ready for Christmas is alway a fun way to give back.

  131. great jooob…it was so awesome to see so many are willing to share and give back..Happy holiday..

  132. What a great success for your drive! Glad so many kids will have Christmas this year!

  133. Love this! I was just talking to my husband about the need to purge and donate some stuff. Congratulations on your event!

  134. I’m so happy to hear that there is a program from gently used toys. So many places here require brand new and we have so many nice, unused toys that could be rehomed.

  135. I love seeing stuff like this! It is so inspiring and warms my heart!

  136. Gift exchanges and donations that are able to be done for those less fortunate around the holidays always make me smile.

  137. Great cause! It looks like you collected a ton!

  138. Looks like it was a success. Good for you. And that is such a great cause.

  139. How great that you guys gave back! Glad to see it was a success!

  140. You did get quite the terrific response to your drive! Probably timed well at Christmas too, as often families might be looking to clear out room for new things!