With the holiday season lurking around the corner, it's important to know what toys are safe for our children.
For some families, Christmas shopping can be stressful, but what if you had to buy gifts for hundreds of children? The Salvation Army does just that, and they have to make sure every single toy is safe, especially in the wake of this year's toy recalls.
More than 1,000 children will depend on the Salvation Army on Christmas morning, and the group has already started collecting toys to be given out. The challenge is checking that each and every toy is safe.
The children submit a list or their wished for gifts, and Christal Yowell, Salvation Army, checks each toy twice. She's 'gonna' find out which toys are naughty or nice.
"We rely heavily on stores. Most of the stores have pulled some of things off of the shelves. That's been our problem so far in the season," says Yowell.
She doesn't look like Santa Claus, but to some kids, it's close enough that it doesn't matter.
"Our target age group would be the four to six year olds. That's a huge age group that we have to fill their stockings and there's a wide assortment of toys that are no longer available to us to provide to these children and some of them were on their wish lists," says Yowell.
Yowell says they'll hand check every toy that comes in.
"We just check weekly for what's been issued and as we scan through some of the things that come in, we try very hard to mark sure that everything that we are going to be giving out is safe," says Yowell. "The week before our Christmas distribution is when all the toys start coming in and it starts to look like Santa's workshop, because even Santa Claus needs help."
She says it's not hard to help out this holiday season, just add a few more toys to your Christmas shopping list.
For information on recent recalls, click on the link below.