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In the spirit of giving and merriment this holiday season, Greenovate Boston is partnering with Second Chance Toys to host a used-toy drive December 1-15. With 21.6% of Boston’s population living in poverty, it’s important to remember that the Holidays can be a challenging time for many people, from providing warm winter clothes, to putting food on the table, to gift-giving. With your help, the City of Boston hopes to alleviate some of this stress, while also helping minimize waste.

For the first time ever, the City will be collecting gently used plastic toys, in addition to the Toys for Tots drive. We have teamed up with Second Chance Toys, a nonprofit that helps keep plastic toys out of landfills by donating them to organizations serving children in need. All toy donations must be clean, 100% plastic, no small, missing or broken parts, and come with working batteries.

DID YOU KNOW? Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth four times. Plastic takes up to 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill.

Are you cleaning out your children’s toy closet before Santa comes? Do you have a plastic toy in need of a new home? Bring these toys to the collection sites at City Hall and 1010 Mass Ave. We’ll also be collecting toy donations at theCity Awake Festival Expo on Saturday, December 6th from 2-5pm at District Hall. Donated toys will be delivered to local Boston organizations serving kids in need. If you want to go the extra mile, collect additional used toys from your neighbors, friends and/or co-workers at your holiday party or other event. We hope you join us in rescuing toys from the landfill, and giving them a second chance.


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