Thousands of children could walk away empty handed from a holiday party in San Jose Sunday if more toys cannot be collected quickly, organizers said Friday.
Burglars have stolen toys and food collected by an Oakley community foundation to help the needy during the holidays.
The 2007 holiday season was one of frightened parents, and a lot of disappointed children. Millions of the hottest toys of the year were pulled from shelves because of high lead levels.
The Samaritan House has issued an urgent call to the community for help in fulfilling the demand for toy donations for needy kids.
A California mother of two and The Center for Science in the Public Interest are suing McDonald’s Corp. to get the fast-food chain to stop using toys to market meals to young children.
Inmates at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas have been carving hundreds of wooden toys, from rocking horses to trucks to train whistles.
The FBI says it recently issued an alert about a popular Barbie doll with a hidden video camera that could be used to produce child pornography, but stressed that the toy has not been linked with any reported crimes.
San Francisco is the first major American city to prohibit fast-food restaurants from including toys with children’s meals that don’t meet nutritional guidelines.
San Francisco lawmakers have approved legislation that they hope will force fast-food chains such as McDonald’s to make their children’s meals healthier or stop selling them with toys.
An effort to force fast-food restaurants to make the meals they market to children healthier passed a San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee Monday.