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No tainted toys for tots

November 13, 2007

Albany--  They continue to make headlines. You could call 2007 the year of the recalls. From the food you eat to the toys you buy for your kids, millions of products have been yanked from the shelves. So how will these recalls affect this year's time of giving?

They talk.   Some even sing a song with a little dance.  There are tons of colorful selections for children in need.

"We're looking forward to another great year this year," said Toys For Tots Coordinator John Gilbreath.

Those toys could end up in the back of a collection van on Dawson Road.  That's just one location. The Southwest Georgia Toys For Tots program recently kicked off their campaign for the 2007 holiday season.

"We gave out 8,000 toys to over 2,000 children just here in Albany and the Lee County area," said Gilbreath.

But this year, there's a new obstacle that could have an impact on donations--recalls.

"There's a possibility that it could hurt a little bit," said Gilbreath. Recently, there hasn't been a week that's gone by without some kind of toy recall alert. The main threat is lead.

"We're always on the lookout for that," said Gilbreath. So with aisles to choose from, how can you make sure the items you pick out or donate are safe?  Toys For Tots makes sure of it.

"Everybody this year has been told to keep an eye out for the toy recalls and of course not only through the Toys For Tots Foundation, out of Quantico, Virginia, they give us information as it's passed out from the toy manufacturers. So a lot of real good communication," said Gilbreath.

A list from the consumer product safety commission is constantly checked for recalled toys. If they're on the list, they're pulled. "To make sure anything that we may have or someone may be cleaning out their closet for a while, haven't used it but it hasn't kind of slipped in under our radar to make sure we're not giving out bad toys," said Gilbreath.

Gilbreath says the organization has survived slow donations due to changes in the economy, even Hurricane Katrina. So they can survive a year full of recalled toys, and it shouldn't stop people from giving.

"We appreciate every toy that we get," said Gilbreath. And they'll be there to make sure the toys they do get are safe for tots because everything that looks good isn't always good for you.

You can make sure you avoid any recall problems by donating cash to Toys for Tots at any Toys R Us cash register.  You can also find toy drop off boxes at any Big Lots store, Regions Bank, or even in the WALB-TV lobby.  For a full list, visit or call 229-639-6584.  



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