Making charitable donations this time of the year goes hand and hand with the holiday spirit. Each holiday season, my little ones and I prepare food and toy donations for drop-off at a local charity. Although we engage in other charitable endeavors at other times during the year, I use this time of year to teach the point of the holiday season–giving to others. This year, like every year, charities rely upon donations of all sorts. Money. Food. Clothes. Time. Toys.
When it comes to toys, though, in light of recent recalls, charities are reminding parents to properly dispose of recalled toys. Disposing of recalled toys does not mean bringing them to a charity.
Many charities, such as the Salvation Army, rely extensively on volunteers to help sort toys and weed out recalled ones. This season is keeping charities especially busy.
When toys are recalled, proper disposal of toys is essential for child safety. The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (”CPSC”) and manufacturers usually provide specific information on what should be done with recalled toys, such as contacting the manufacturer for replacement or refunds.
Check out the CPSC web site for additional information about recalls.