Trial Attorneys Raise Funds to Replace Toxic Toys

Donate Money to Replace Recalled Toys for Madison Shelter
Friday, October 26, 2007

MADISON - The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers today presented the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), a Madison area shelter, with a check for $2,000 to help replace toys recalled for being tainted with lead based paint.  The donation represents only a portion of the charitable giving efforts planned by The Academy in celebration of their 50th anniversary.

"For fifty years The Academy and its members have been dedicated to standing up for consumers throughout Wisconsin," said Academy President Rob Jaskulski.  "The latest effort by The Academy will help keep toxic toys out of the hands of young children."

In recent months millions of toys worldwide have been recalled because they contained lead based paint.  According to news reports, since the Consumer Product Safety Commission began monitoring the level of lead in consumer items 30 years ago they have issued 154 recalls, nearly half of which have come since January 2006.  The toys in the latest recalls, which were produced by numerous companies, had been manufactured in China. 

"We greatly appreciate The Academy's donation to help the individuals and families that require our services," said Shannon Barry, Executive Director of DAIS.  "The Academy leads by example in their continuing effort to stand up for consumers."

DAIS, a Madison based nonprofit organization, offers a 24-hour crisis line, a 25-bed safe house for women and their children, legal advocacy, support groups, information and referrals.  The organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

For more information on DAIS, or to make a contribution, go to www.abuseintervention.org

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