Note in the Pocket, Zach’s Toy Chest & Activate Good’s Teen Service Club

A teen volunteer holds a Mickey Mouse plush found while sorting through boxes of donated toys for Zach’s Toy Chest in Raleigh, NC on July 11, 2020. The sorting event took place at The Loading Dock where the expansive space allowed for safe distancing between small groups of volunteers.
Zach Mills tosses bags of new donations onto a mountain of similar bags to be sorted at Note in the Pocket in Raleigh, NC on July 9, 2020. Note in the Pocket has teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club to make the clothing available to kids and teens via yard sales in the community.
A volunteer helps sort clothes for Note in the Pocket in Raleigh, NC on July 9, 2020.. Many people have used the quarantine as an opportunity to clean out their closets, and as a result, donations to Note in the Pocket have increased exponentially.
Teen volunteers help sort clothing for Note in the Pocket in Raleigh, NC on July 9, 2020. Note in the Pocket has teamed up with Activate Good’s Teen Service Club to work through a substantial backlog of clothing donations.
Kim Curry inspects donated clothing for stains and damage during a sorting event for Note in the Pocket in Raleigh, NC on July 9, 2020.. Long sorting tables are carefully spaced to ensure safe distance between volunteers.
Julia Dorfman, a member of Note in the Pocket’s teen board, shares a cute find while sorting clothing donations for upcoming yard sales in Raleigh, NC on July 9, 2020. Dorfman is now interning with the organization and notes that “it’s nice to be a part of things more than one Sunday a month”.
Teen volunteers sort new toys to be donated to hospitalized children in Raleigh, NC on July 11, 2020. Zach’s Toy Chest has a mission to bring “joy, hope and normalcy ” to kids as they battle critical illnesses.
Teen volunteer John Haller checks for a price while sorting toys for Zach’s Toy Chest in Raleigh, NC on July 11, 2020. Activate Good’s Teen Service Club mobilized to help organize toys for donation to both Duke and UNC’s Children’s Hospitals.
A volunteer holds a Toy Story figure that he found while sorting toys for donation to area hospitals in Raleigh, NC on July 11, 2020. The toys were collected by Zach’s Toy Chest, a local organization whose mission is to help sick and hospitalized children focus on fun and play instead of illness.
A volunteer coordinator checks her list while sorting toys for Zach’s Toy Chest in Raleigh, NC on July 11, 2020. Holly Schwab (not shown) founded Zach’s Toy Chest after her 10-month-old son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – having a variety of toys on hand helped pass the time during treatments.
Amber Smith, Executive Director of Activate Good, holds up her phone to show the most important reason to volunteer for Zach’s Toy Chest in Raleigh, NC on July 11, 2020. Activate Good’s Teen Service Club spent a day sorting and organizing new toys for donation to children suffering from critical ilness.

Learn more about Note in the Pocket, Zach’s Toy Chest, and Activate Good’s Teen’s Change the World! Service Club.

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Photo Credit: Bisi Cameron Yee and Activate Good’s ‘Look for the Helpers’ Photojournalism Project (See the entire collection at ActivateGood.org/Helpers)

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