Second Chance Toys was started by then high school student, Sasha Lipton, who was tired of seeing beautiful plastic toys on the curb on garbage day. It upset her to think that these perfectly good toys were being thrown away when at the same time there were so many kids in the same and other neighborhoods who couldn’t afford to have toys. So she began collecting them one and at time with her mom. Soon she filled her basement with them! Then she cleaned them off and donated them to local churches, food pantries, and children’s organizations.
That’s how the idea was born. It was so simple in nature. So enormous – and admirable in what it aimed to accomplish. And all from a child herself who was young enough to still have a clear memory of just how important a role toys played in her life.
Over the years, Sasha (now a college graduate) would share her story with people, and they would help. She was even able to get employees at Kohl’s interested in cleaning the toys as part of their employee volunteer efforts. And her and her family were able to get 1-800-Got-Junk interested as well – they now transport all the toys.