Saturday, December 08, 2007

Salvation Army Request, "Please no more used toys!"

The ongoing recall of defective or hazardous toys has prompted the Salvation Army to take a stand against used toy donations. Here are details from the local Salvation Army outlets in the Miami area:

"Effective immediately, the Miami Salvation Army, Adult Rehabilitation Center Thrift Store will no longer be accepting any used or previously owned toys. This action is a national Salvation Army directive, and includes following all recommended guidelines of The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for recalled products from China.

"Due to expenses incurred by having to pay for the disposal of hundreds of toy from our four Miami/Dade stores, it is essential that we don't accept further items that will result in even more disposal expenses," said Miami Division Captain Eric Nickell."During this season of giving, toy donations are well intended, but simply not an option at this time. We will continue to accept clothing, used furniture and household items," said Nickell.

"We are always appreciative of the positive intentions behind all donations." The action was initiated early last week after the Salvation Army issued a state-wide directive resulting from Consumer Product Safety Commission findings of unsafe levels of lead in numerous Chinese-made products. Consumers are encouraged to donate other items that provide tremendous benefit to the community and store visitors."


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