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Toys for tots get trashed after Christmas: A Kenny Be Special Report

Holiday 2010: The never-ending toy story.
Holiday 2010: The never-ending toy story.

The backstory of Christmastime in a consumer culture always plays out in the alleys of Denver. This is where yesterday's must-haves are temporarily tethered to trash bins in an effort to make room for a glut of new holiday gifts. The kiddie clunker pictured above waits to make its final trip to the dump, where it will be entombed with a plethora of plastic playthings...

Holiday 2010: Dumpster kitchen.
Holiday 2010: Dumpster kitchen.

If only the kiddie kitchenette in the photo above could speak! Imagine the many stories of whipping up imaginary meals out of thin air for dolls pretending to eat. Besides the insult of what looks like a still serviceable toy getting trashed, there is the sadness that the child who owned this toy outgrew it and now faces a lifetime of toil whipping up meals out of thin air in a real kitchen. As seen below, somewhere a doll is crying tonight...

 

Holiday 2010: Everything must go.
Holiday 2010: Everything must go.

From the looks of the picture above, many hours of work and play could still be squeezed out of this curbside refuse. If I did not have my own trash-flow problems, I would have scooped the lot of this junk to wrap up as gifts for my friends, who probably would have thrown them away at their houses. I have always lived by the rule that it's the thought that counts. As seen below, it's not just Christmas that gets trashed at Christmas...

 

Holiday 2010: Evidence of bad planning.
Holiday 2010: Evidence of bad planning.

The picture above seems to suggest that someone is making room for this season's holiday gifts by throwing out the toys of summer and Halloween. Those swimming pool toys and scary decorations may be taking up valuable storage space in the house after Christmas, but someone's going to have to buy replacements come summer.

The trash for tots toy story is a vicious cycle.


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