A Japanese toymaker is donating more than $250,000 in toys to poor children in San Francisco as an apology for selling Little Black Sambo dolls in Japan.

Sanrio Toy Co., whose U.S. operations are based here, also has stopped making the Sambo character and two similar black-faced toys.Sanrio came under attack in July when The Washington Post carried a story describing the popularity in Japan of black caricatures based on Little Black Sambo, a children's book figure created by British author Helen Bannerman in 1898.