By Beth Hillyer
HONOLULU (KHNL)-The massive recall of toys made in China, and likely tainted with lead paint is having a ripple effect at some local thrift stores. Families shopping for Christmas toys are finding few to none on the shelves of Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
Goodwill Industries sells your donations at its thrift stores to support job training. While they welcome all sorts of donations, they are saying no thanks to toys.
Picking out toys this Christmas is going to be difficult if you shop at Goodwill.
This store on Beretania and seven others across the state no longer accept toys.
The sign warns about the Mattel recalls.
"They were just coming one after another and it started making it very hard for the donations coming in when something may not have been on the recall list today and we may put it out in the stores the next day it may hit the recall list," says Goodwill's Laura Kay Rand.
Goodwill in Hawaii and two other states banned all toys. "We just made the decision that at this time for safety reason we simply are not accepting toys with the exception of stuffed animals," explains Rand.
They say they don't want to put children at risk. "If something is unsafe in the retail chain it is unsafe at every single level of the retail chain," confirms Rand.
While Goodwill does not accept any toys, The Salvation Army is careful to screen each toy that comes in. Before they're put out on the shelves workers make sure they're not on the recall list. Families looking for toys to put under the tree can sort through them at the Salvation Army.