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Toy Recall a Holiday Headache for Charity

Posted October 17, 2007
Updated December 18, 2014

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— Recent toy recalls have forced some parents to dig through boxes to make sure their kids' toys are safe. But just imagine checking several truckloads. That's the overwhelming task facing one local charity.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a long list of recalls on its Web site. The Salvation Army is faced with comparing that list with the estimated 40,000 toys it's expecting to receive in donations.

The charity is asking for help to make sure needy kids stay safe.

“My children would really not have had a Christmas if it wasn’t for the Salvation Army,” said Sarita Faison, a single mom who works two full-time jobs.

Her children – Gregory, 11, and Samar, 4 – are just two of the 3,200 children the charity served last Christmas.

The organization has already collected two truck loads of toys for this Christmas, but there's one problem.

“Part of our concern now [is] are any of these affected by the recall?” said Ashley Delamar with the Salvation Army.

Charity officials have been going box by box, comparing each toy to the ones on the massive recall list.

“The Salvation Army is not only a provider in this case, but [it] has to be a protector as well,” Delamar said.

The organization is looking for volunteers to help check the toys. And just to be safe, parents receiving toys might be asked to sign a waiver.

“I’m going to check anyway, because I am a parent first and I’m just really pleased that my kids will be able to have toys,” Faison said.

The Salvation Army is also asking that toys be delivered unwrapped this year to compare against the huge recall list. While many of the recalled toys have been taken off store shelves, the Salvation Army doesn't want to take any chances, officials said.

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  • PikeQueen Oct 18, 2007

    My mom use to string mason lids together for us to play with.We had lead paint on our cribs,and walls.You also laid your babies on their stomachs so when/if they threw up they didn't choke.

    Times are changing.Kids are now being turnt* into big whimps,by their very own.This would not worry me unless I had a paint sucking kid.

  • ncmom65 Oct 18, 2007

    Whaa Whaa Whaa.....if it's such a pain for the Salvation Army, I won't bother donating! Jeez, can they just deal with it instead of having a whiny article in the news!! I know I sound heartless, but c'mon....give me some news, not more whining!

  • shine Oct 18, 2007

    nobstoday....... great statement! Just recalling an item as simple as a toy can have overwhelming ramifications. It would be a windfall for those to donate them and use a tax write off, and now the charities have to get involved in seperating the good from the bad... Maybe the charities can send the 'bad' donated items in and receive new toys.

    Just like nobstoday stated..... "Cheap comes out to be expensive"...

    It is kinda like "Penny wise - - - - Dollar Foolish".

  • nobstoday32 Oct 18, 2007

    another cost of doing business with China. See, again, the cheap comes out expensive.