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Salvation Army checks for tainted toys

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Yakima, WA -  Due to massive toy recalls from two big time toy companies, The Salvation Army says it had to check through all the toys it received this year before giving them away for the holidays.

More than a thousand toys are donated to the Salvation Army in Yakima each year, so rummaging through all those toys can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.     

This year, both Fisher Price and Mattel had to issue massive toy recalls over concerns about magnets and lead paint in certain toys.     

The Salvation Army decided to start checking for dangerous toys for the first time this year just to be safe.

"We got a big list, so we had to go through every toy, open up the boxes and check against the recall list so that took a little more time," says Major Chris Morrow of the Salvation Army.

Morrow says they had to go through a little more than a thousand toys, but only found six toys on the list.     

Her biggest concern right now is that they are running low on toys.

The Salvation Army is giving away all its toys today and tomorrow, but might not have any left by tomorrow morning.     

Morrow says there is still time to buy toys.

She says to buy anything and bring it down to Pioneer Hall at the Central Washington State Fairgrounds where they are giving away the toys to needy families.